STEVE McClaren says wherever Liverpool winger Jordon Ibe ends up on loan somebody will land a very good player.
Ibe is on Derby County's radar and reports in the North West say the Rams and not Bolton Wanderers, as had been suggested, lead the race to land the 18-year-old.
McClaren will not be drawn on the reports but the head coach is an admirer of the player.
The ex-England boss would see Ibe as an exciting talent who can boost Derby's attacking options.
And it is not the first time the England Under-19 international has been linked with Derby.
Soon after McClaren was appointed in October there was speculation he wanted to bring Ibe in on loan.
Derby had five wide attacking players vying for two positions last season – Jamie Ward, Simon Dawkins, Johnny Russell, Patrick Bamford and Mason Bennett.
Bamford returned to Chelsea following his loan spell and Bennett, who turned 18 only last month, has joined Bradford City on loan.
This leaves Ward, Dawkins and Russell, and so Derby eyeing another wide player is no real surprise.
When asked about Ibe, McClaren said: "He is someone who has always been on the radar, but I think he is on the radar of a lot of clubs.
"I thought he was going to Bolton, I think I read that.
"This is normal in football, rumours fly around.
"You (the media) will be the second to know when something happens, don't worry.
"Wherever he goes, someone will get a very good player.
"He is the type of player I suppose we have to be in the market for, but I have heard a lot of clubs are interested in him.
"I think Liverpool are holding onto him to as near to the close of the transfer window as possible.
"He is someone we keep an eye on."
Ibe started his career at Wycombe Wanderers, where he made 11 appearances for the first team and scored one goal.
He joined Liverpool in 2011 and had a loan spell at Birmingham City last season. He made four starts and seven appearances as a substitute for the Blues in the Championship.
Ibe has played three times for Liverpool's first team.
He started in the Reds' final league game of the 2012-13 season, a 1-0 victory over Queen's Park Rangers, and also in a 4-2 win against Notts County in the Capital One Cup a year ago.
The youngster also came off the bench in Liverpool's 5-1 victory over Arsenal in the Premier League in February.