DERBY plan to slap a huge fee on Jason Knight with German side Werder Bremen taking an interest.
The midfielder, 21, is one of County’s top stars.
And the recently relegated Rams are fuming at suggestions he could go for cheap or even nothing.
Bremen just signed Rams left-back Lee Buchanan, 21, on a free and now want Irish ace Knight.
Derby will only listen to large offers even though the player is entering the last year of his contract.
Knight has been capped 15 times by the Republic of Ireland.
And at club level Knight is one of the club’s most important players.
He played 38 times for the Rams last season, scoring two goals and providing three assists.
Recently relegated Derby have been active in the transfer market since lifelong fan David Clowes stepped in to save the club.
Seven players have been brought in, with six arriving on free transfers.
The League One pulled off a hat-trick of ambitious signings in midweek.
Former Premier League trio Conor Hourihane, David McGoldrick and James Chester all committed themselves to the revolution under the new owners.