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Another one to throw in the pot - comes from the very reliable tribalsite :rolleyes:

Derby County are keen to sign Bolton defender Nicky Hunt on loan.

Rams boss Nigel Clough has asked the Trotters to expend Hunt to help him out of a crisis as he has fallen to third-choice right-back at Reebok Stadium and should be allowed to leave.

The fact the Bolton are still without a manager might make it a tough decision although Clough expects a decision by the end of the week

Hunt was born in Westhoughton, Greater Manchester. As a boy played Football for Unsworth Tigers and attended Hesketh Fletcher High school.

A Bolton supporter since his schooldays, Hunt achieved his dream of becoming a professional footballer when he made his debut for his favourite club as a substitute for Colin Hendry in the First Division match against Sheffield United on the final day of the 2000–01 season, shortly before Bolton won promotion to the Premier League.

He had to wait some time for further first team opportunities, only playing in two FA Cup ties (against Sunderland in January 2003) before making his breakthrough at the start of the 2003–04 season when he became a key part of the defence and a first-team regular for Bolton. His Premier League début came in the 4–0 defeat at Manchester United on 16 August 2003. He has now made over a century of appearances for the club, scoring one goal.

On 30 August 2007, Hunt signed a new four year contract with Bolton, keeping him at the club until the end of the 2010–11 season.

On 3 November 2008, Hunt signed for Championship side Birmingham City on an emergency one-month loan deal as cover for the injured Stuart Parnaby and Stephen Kelly. He made his debut for the Blues the same night in the 1-0 defeat to Coventry City at St Andrew's. The loan was later extended for a further month.On 30 December 2008, a 24-hour recall clause in the loan agreement was invoked and the player returned to Bolton

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Starting to appear on other sites now so it may be true :eek:

The Rams are looking to bring in another right back this week in the form of twenty six year-old Nicky Hunt. Hunt is currently playing for managerless Bolton Wanderers and the Rams will have to wait until the situation at the Reebok is resolved before taking Hunt on loan.

Hunt spent time on loan last season to Birmingham City, who were promoted to the Premiership at the end of the season. He played 11 games whilst at St Andrews.

The Rams financial policies have meant they were unable to offer another right back loanee, Fredrik Stoor a permanent move to Pride Park last month and hope Hunt will be able to take on the role that Stoor filled so admirably.

An ex England U21 star, Hunt played on ten occasions for his country during the 2004-05 season.

It is hoped that Hunt will be signed in time for this weekends game against Ssausagehorpe United.

6ft 3 - but 26 so a bit young for us :D

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Derby County manager Nigel Clough has confirmed he is close to signing Bolton right-back Nicky Hunt on loan.

Hunt has hardly featured for Wanderers over the last two years after falling out of favour under former boss Gary Megson, who instead opted to select either Gretar Steinsson or Sam Ricketts.

He had a loan spell at Birmingham City last season, but returned to Bolton where he hasn't figured since.

The arrival of a new manager could put Hunt back in the fold at the Reebok Stadium, but for the time being it looks like the 26-year-old will be moving to Pride Park.

"Things are agreed in principle but until it is actually signed we cannot confirm," Clough told BBC Radio Derby.

"We only have the one right-back in Paul Connolly since Freddie Stoor went back so it's a position we are looking to strengthen."


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DERBY County hope Nicky Hunt's Premier League experience with Bolton Wanderers can benefit them in the Championship.

Hunt is set to join the Rams on a month's loan.

A deal has been agreed in principle with Bolton for the 26-year-old right-back, who is a former England Under-21 international.

"We hope he will be joining us for a month but until these things actually get signed we cannot confirm it," said manager Nigel Clough.

"We only have the one right-back, in Paul Connolly, now that Fredrik Stoor has gone back to Fulham, so it is a position we want to cover and strengthen," added Clough.

"He (Hunt) has Premier League experience and is desperate to come and play football because he has been frozen out a bit at Bolton.

"We will give him that opportunity for four weeks and we will see from there.

"When everyone is fit, we are covered in every other position apart from right-back and if Paul Connolly is having a bad time we need that option to do something."

Hunt, who started as a trainee at Bolton, has made 161 appearances for the club and the majority of them have been in the Premier League.

He has slipped to third-choice right-back at the Reebok and has not featured for the first team this season.

He played 11 times during a loan spell at Birmingham City last season.

His contract at Bolton runs to the summer of 2011.

Hunt won the first of his 10 England Under-21 caps against Holland in February 2004.

Derby already have striker DJ Campbell and midfielder Lee Johnson on loan. A club can name up to five loan players in a match-day 18.

But Clough would like to bring in two or three permanent signings in the current transfer window.

They are interested in right-backs Danny Buijs of Dutch club ADO Den Haag and Crewe's John Brayford, and have been strongly linked with Plymouth Argyle forward Jamie Mackie. Buijs can also play as a defensive midfielder.

All three players would cost a fee which would have to be balanced by players moving out.

Derby say they have had no firm offers for any of their players despite constant speculation linking Kris Commons with Wolverhampton Wanderers and Rob Hulse with a number of clubs, including Ipswich Town and Middlesbrough.


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Derby County have strengthened their defensive options today with the signing of defender Nicky Hunt.

The 26-year-old right-back has joined the Rams on a month's loan from Premier League Bolton Wanderers and he is expected to go straight into the Derby squad for the visit of Ssausagehorpe United to Pride Park Stadium on Saturday.

With Paul Connolly the only recognised right-back available to Nigel Clough after Fredrik Stoor's loan period from Fulham expired at the end of December the Rams boss has moved swiftly to bring provide competition for places during a busy month on the field.

Clough said: "Nicky is a very welcome addition to our squad and we're pleased that we have been able to bring him in.

"Nicky can play at right-back or centre-half so it is nice to have someone available to us who is equally comfortable in either position, and he also has good experience in both the Championship and also the Premier League.

"We highlighted the need to bring in fresh faces and Nicky fits the ball perfectly for us."

Hunt is a graduate of the Bolton Academy and made his debut for the Trotters in 2001, and has since gone on to make well in excess of 100 appearances in Bolton colours.

He has however found himself out of favour in recent times and enjoyed a loan period with Birmingham City last season, helping play a part in their promotion to the Premier League. Hunt also has also received England U21 honours, being capped on 10 occasions.

Hunt becomes the second new recruit inside the last week at Pride Park following the arrival of Lee Johnson from Bristol City last Friday, also for a period of one month.


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Wouldn't be surprised but it kinda makes sense at the same time, he signed today and no doubt got a few things to sort out for the month move. That leaves one training session in ***** conditions with his new team mates. I'd guess he'd start on the bench, let him watch the team play and bring him on in the second half.

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Do you think they are sorry to see him go ?

Hunt has been seen lately, but only in the pubs of Atherton. He`s been persona non grata at the Reebok since Gretar Steinsson was signed, although he managed to pick up a yellow card at Portsmouth last season, without stepping foot on the pitch. The more unkind regard this as his finest achievement.

Should Hunt leave permanently it will mark the exit of another player who has come through Bolton`s youth academy.

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