Daily Mail. Predecessor Sir Alex Ferguson was rarely active in the winter window and Moyes himself is not convinced that January purchases are the way forward, but is keen on signing the 18-year-old. Hughes is widely considered one of the best players in the Championship and has already made nearly 50 league appearances for the Rams so far, scoring four times. The starlet has also been capped at U-17 and U-21 levels for England and is tipped to break into the senior set-up within the next couple of years. Derby manager Steve McClaren has conceded it will be hard for his side to keep hold of Hughes the further he progresses his game. He said: "Our job is to make sure he makes it.
"Eventually he will be too good . What we need behind that is players coming through to replace him."Hughes, who scored in the Ram's win over Leeds last weekend, is just the latest Championship player to have appeared on United's radar in the January window. At the turn of this year, the Red Devil's signed Wilfried Zaha from Crystal Palace, but immediately loaned him back to the Eagles for the remainder of that season. Zaha has been told he can go out on loan again in the upcoming window.