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Derby County offer new deals to Keogh and Martin

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 29, 2014

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STEVE McClaren says Derby County have put "very good" contract offers on the table for skipper Richard Keogh and key striker Chris Martin, writes Steve Nicholson.

Keogh is in the final year of his contract and Martin, who hit 25 goals last season, has another year plus a 12-month option on his deal.

McClaren is hopeful both will sign new deals but the head coach – without mentioning names of individuals – admitted Derby had received enquiries.

Keogh is being linked with newly-promoted Burnley, a club who showed interest in the Republic of Ireland international defender earlier this summer.

The transfer window closes on Monday and McClaren says he will be pleased when that happens. Asked if he expected to be busy, McClaren said: "I don't think so. We have done the majority of our business.

"No doubt clubs will be interested in our players but we have got a good squad and have no intention of changing it at the present moment.

"We may look to add one or two, if something special comes up, but I am pleased with what we have got.

"I hope we can knock back any offers coming in, but if we do get offers for our players it shows they are being recognised.

"I want to keep this squad. We have worked very hard to get them all signed up. I think there is only a couple to go.

"Once we do that, I will be satisfied and once the window closes, I will be even more pleased."

Contract talks with Keogh and Martin are ongoing.

"We have put offers on the table," added McClaren.

"Negotiations are ongoing and hopefully they will be concluded soon.

"I think we have made very good offers and there is a willingness on both sides to do things. As long as there is that, we will get it done.

"Richard Keogh is a big part of this football club, he is the captain," said McClaren.

"The way he plays is kind of special for us. He can come out and play. He can defend, is a good all-rounder and a good leader.

"Chrissy Martin is rapidly becoming a top striker."

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