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Derby boss Jewell ready to splash out on USA star Johnson

Derby County boss Paul Jewell is being linked with Kansas City Wizards striker Eddie Johnson.

Jewell is understood to be chasing the USA international.

Peter Vermes, the Wizards director of football, has now cleared the path for Johnson, who scored 16 goals in 24 games in the recently concluded MLS season, to join the Premier League.

"I don't think we are naive enough not to know we would reach this point," Vermes said. "A number of clubs from England and Europe have expressed an interest and bottom line is the pound is a lot stronger than the dollar or anything else. That does not mean we will necessarily part with him. The deal has to work for both sides."

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