A RIGHT-SIDED midfielder is on Derby County’s wanted list as they search the emergency loan market.
The window for loans opens to Football League clubs today and Derby have targets in mind.
“We will start making enquiries,” said manager Nigel Clough. “There are not too many out there available, but there are one or two names we are going to explore.”
Clough considered making a move in the closed season for a player who can play wide right. He eyed Chris Burke of Birmingham City, a player he has been a fan of for some time.
“Michael Jacobs ideally prefers the left, Jamie Ward does, and Paul Coutts would rather play in the middle of midfield. So wide right is an area we are thinking about at the moment,” said Clough.
“We have got one or two in mind for that position. It will come down to availability, finances and whether or not they are willing to come, but we will start making a few calls.”
Jeff Hendrick’s ankle injury has forced Clough to look at his midfield.
Hendrick will be out for up to three months following surgery, which leaves John Eustace and Coutts battling for a place in central midfield.
“If Jeff is going to be out for most of the 12 weeks, it is a blow,” said Clough.
“We have got John Eustace and Paul Coutts to go in there, so maybe we will look for a little option wide.
“Some of our targets moved on before the transfer window closed, but there are still one or two we would be interested in.”
Derby sold John Brayford to Cardiff this summer while Nathan Tyson, believed to be among the club’s top earners, has joined Blackpool and defender James O’Connor has moved to Bristol City on loan. City are believed to be paying around 50 per cent of his wages.
Asked if the resources are available to dip into the loan market, Clough said: “We are going to sit down this week and see where we are. With Nathan and Jimmy going out we will see if there is room to bring somebody in.
“It helps having them off the wage bill, it all helps, but we are still trying to hit certain budgetary targets, like most teams are.”