David Posted December 23, 2011 Share Posted December 23, 2011 NIGEL Clough wants to boost Derby County's squad with a couple of loan signings in the January transfer window. Clough has already indicated that the first priority is to move players out but the Rams manager would like a new face or two. He is looking at standard rather than emergency loans, so any new arrival will be with the club for the rest of the season. Goalkeeper Stephen Bywater and midfielder Stephen Pearson could be heading for the exit. Both players are out of contract in the summer. Bywater has returned from his loan spell at Sheffield Wednesday, where the 30-year-old helped the Owls to second spot in League One. Wednesday manager Gary Megson has said he would like to extend Bywater's loan next month or make his move permanent. But it appears Derby will wait to see what interest there is in Bywater. "Stephen is back with us and he played an hour in the practice match against Burton on Wednesday," said the Rams boss. "Sheffield Wednesday is still an option but we will see what else is out there as well come January." Pearson's loan at Bristol City is up after their game against Millwall on January 3. "Talks are ongoing with Bristol City to extend the loan to the end of the season," said Clough. "Miles Addison will return from his loan in January. We will have a chat with Barnsley in the next week or two to see what their intentions are. "And there are two or three more players available to go out if they can find clubs." Addison, who can play at the back or in midfield, has made eight appearances since he joined Barnsley in the summer. Looking to the January window, Clough said: "It will be more about players going out than coming in but I think we still need some in. "We need to concentrate on getting a few out because we are over budget and we hope that will give us some room to bring two or three in. "We would like a couple of good loans in, standard loans as well, not emergency loans, so they will be with us for the rest of the season." Derby made only three loan signings in the first half of the season – Kevin Kilbane from Hull City, Tom Naylor from Mansfield Town and Ipswich striker Tamas Priskin. Kilbane provided cover at left-back and midfield and played 10 games. His loan was due to expire in January but he has already returned to Hull due to a back problem. Derby have no natural cover at left-back. Naylor's move from Mansfield is set to become permanent in January and the 20-year-old defender has been playing for the Reserves. Priskin's stay is up after Derby's game at Hull on January 2. He has made four starts and scored one goal. http://www.thisisderbyshire.co.uk/story-14219005-detail/story.html? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies.