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Wigan Athletic and Rotherham United handed potential transfer boost in pursuit of 31-year-old as L1 team is ruled out

Derby County are not interested in signing departing Hull City man Richie Smallwood, DerbyshireLive has confirmed.

Smallwood, 31, is set to leave Hull City at the end of this month when his contract expires.

The midfielder featured 42 times in the Championship last season, scoring twice and assisting twice and proving himself to be an important player for the Tigers.

But the club has decided to part ways with Smallwood and recent reports have linked him with the likes of Derby County, Rotherham United and Wigan Athletic.

However, a contrasting report from DerbyshireLive says that the Rams are not in fact pursuing a move for Smallwood.

Derby County remain in administration after American businessman Chris Kirchner withdrew his takeover bid – the Rams still have plenty of interested parties, but their future remains up in the air, which might in turn put any potential transfer dealings on hold for the time being.

A boost for Wigan and Rotherham…

Wigan Athletic and Rotherham United are returning to the Championship for the 2022/23 campaign after impressive seasons in League One last time round.

Both will surely be in the market for some experienced Championship players this summer and Smallwood fits the bill – he’s tried and tested at this level, and he’s back to his best in terms of fitness having played almost every game for Hull City last season.

With Derby now out of the race, it might give the likes of Wigan and Rotherham a boost in their pursuit of Smallwood, if they definitely are keen on Smallwood that is.

If not, then the Englishman will still have plenty of options ahead of the next season.

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