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Cocu pushes Derby to beat Huddersfield to Everton youngster Dowell

Newly appointed Derby County manager Philip Cocu has quickly made his intentions known regarding transfers, with Kieran Dowell of Everton an early target.

The midfielder had seemed destined for a move to Huddersfield Town, but a last-gasp approach from Derby could change his destination.

Cocu is wasting no time shaping his team after succeeding Frank Lampard last week and despite being away on pre-season camp in Florida the Dutchman is well across transfer targets.

Dowell is a primary name on his list, with the England Under 21 international set to be allowed out on loan from Goodison Park.

Cocu is understood to enjoy a good relationship with Everton director of football Marcel Brands, who wants Dowell to progress his career at a Championship club playing the appropriate style.

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