Derby County are battling to retain the services of their young Irish midfielder Jeff Hendrick according to the Sunday Mirror
The Mirror reports that the club is considering offering the player a new four-year deal to fend off interest from Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion.
Midfield starlet Hendrick, 19, has been a key component of the Rams engine room this season with the club currently sitting third in the Championship after their best start to a league campaign for 106 years.
The Republic of Ireland Under-21 international has two years left on his contract and Manager Nigel Clough is determined to keep him at Pride Park for even longer.
Clough said: “We have a policy at this club of rewarding young players once we have identified that they are the sort we want around. Jeff has done really well for us.”