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Derby County boss McClaren hints at further signings

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 22, 2014

By Steve Nicholson

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STEVE McClaren says Derby County will continue to eye the transfer market.

The Rams head coach is happy with his squad but has hinted at one or two further additions following the capture of midfielder George Thorne.

Thorne joins right-back Cyrus Christie, centre-back Zak Whitbread and left-back Lee Naylor on the list of summer signings.

Promising youngsters Ivan Calero, Alban Bunjaku, Jonathan Mitchell, Alefes Santos and Shaquille McDonald have also been brought in to strengthen the under-21 development group.

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But the Rams are looking to add another striker to the senior squad and, possibly, a wide player.

The striker, I understand, would be competition and cover for last season's top scorer Chris Martin and Conor Sammon.

Derby did enquire about Lukas Jutkiewicz but they were put off by the asking price.

The striker has since left Middlesbrough and joined Burnley in a deal which reportedly could cost the newly-promoted Clarets around £2.5m although the initial figure is believed to be £1.25m.

"We are always looking to improve," said McClaren (pictured).

"I am pleased with what I have got but maybe one or two little additions will help us."

Those "additions" could be permanent deals or loan moves, says McClaren.

"If it is what we want and costs money, we will go begging to the board again!" he said.

"And if it is a loan, we will also be begging!

"For now, we are going to concentrate on this squad in Austria where we have two games.

"We'll see how we come out of that and move on from there."

McClaren proved very shrewd in the loan market last season.

He brought in Simon Dawkins (who signed permanently in January), Andre Wisdom, Michael Keane, Patrick Bamford and George Thorne.

Wisdom, Thorne, Dawkins and Bamford all played key roles in Derby finishing third in the Championship and reaching the play-off final.

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