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Aston Villa poach Derby hotshot Omari Kellyman in £600k transfer as Wayne Rooney’s side sell latest starlet to pay wages

WAYNE ROONEY’S Derby County are picking up a bitter-sweet £600,000 cheque from Aston Villa for young Northern Ireland striker Omari Kellyman.

The Rams administrators have accepted the offer from the Premier League club for Derby’s top young talent.

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Wayne Rooney has seen another starlet leave Derby as they try to balance the booksCredit: PA

The deal can be done now as Kellyman, 16, is a youth player and not subject to the senior transfer windows.

Kellyman is rated highly and goes straight into Villa’s crack academy set-up.

He will not hope to earn a first-team shot under Rooney’s old England team-mate Steven Gerrard.

But the deal leaves Derby without a major asset as they seek a buyer.

The Rams have already lost striker Luke Plange to Crystal Palace on deadline day, although the 20-year-old was loaned straight back for the rest of the season.

Promising left back Dylan Williams also departed in the January transfer window as he joined European Champions Chelsea.

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The total for the talented teens is a stunning £2million.

The cash goes towards paying the wages with funds low after Mel Morris put the club into administration.

However the overall value of the club has been hit in a painful reminder of how bad things have become at the Championship outfit.

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