NIGEL Clough does not expect to make any additions to Derby County’s squad before the transfer window closes in five days’ time.
As things stand, the Rams boss is happy with his squad and the form of the players ahead of Monday night’s 11pm deadline.
The loan market opens a week later but the former Burton Albion manager is in no rush to make a move.
“It seems pointless to waste a loan at the moment when the team is doing so well,” said Clough.
“We always keep a list of potential loans and we will delve into the loan market as and when we need them.
“I don’t see any point in wasting the loans now.”
Derby have two centre backs in the treatment room, Shaun Barker and Mark O’Brien, and midfielder Jeff Hendrick, who has damaged an ankle.
O’Brien is doing some light work as he recovers from knee surgery and he is about four weeks away from a return to training.
Once fit, Clough will be looking for O’Brien to provide competition for Richard Keogh and Jake Buxton at the heart of the defence, although the manager is delighted with the performance of the pairing so far this season.
Two Derby players could go out on loan – defender James O’Connor and striker Nathan Tyson.
O’Connor trained with Bristol City last week, and the League One club are also thought to be interested in Tyson.
“We are hopeful Jimmy and Nathan will get fixed up,” said Clough.
Both players were made available for transfer at the end of last season and have not featured this season.
Neither played in yesterday’s under-21 friendly against Middlesbrough. “We didn’t want to risk them,” Clough added.
Midfielder James Bailey did play in the 1-1 at Middlesbrough. He is another player who is available for transfer.
Will Hughes has been the topic of much speculation during the summer.
He has been linked with a host of leading clubs in the Premier League but the situation has not changed, said Clough.
“Here we are five days or so to go to the end of the window and we haven’t heard anything official from anybody, there has been no contact, and so I think that is a good sign,” Clough added.
Coutts and Eustace fight it out for Hendrick’s spot
PAUL Coutts and John Eustace are battling to fill in for the injured Jeff Hendrick when Derby County face Burnley in the Championship on Saturday.
Derby are waiting to discover the full extent of the ankle damage suffered by Hendrick in the victory at Yeovil.
The midfielder missed Tuesday night’s win against Brentford in the Capital One Cup and he is out of the Burnley game.
“We will try to get Jeff sorted by the end of the two-week international break, though it might be a bit longer than that, we are not sure yet,” said manager Nigel Clough.
“He has had a couple of whacks on the same ankle in the past and we have to ascertain how much of it is previous damage.”
Derby will go into the Burnley fixture with the same 18 that was on duty against Brentford.
Johnny Russell and Jamie Ward were unused substitutes, but Russell is expected to return alongside Chris Martin up front and Ward is set to join Will Hughes and Craig Bryson as part of a midfield four in a 4-3-1-2 formation, leaving one place up for grabs.
“John Eustace and Paul Coutts both played against Brentford, and did well,” said Clough.
“Paul and John will be vying for that place.”