Derby County boss Nigel Clough poised to make loan inquiries
NIGEL Clough says Derby County will make inquiries about possible targets now the window for emergency loans is open again.
But the Rams manager insists he is happy with his squad if a loan signing is not possible.
"We will get this weekend's game out of the way and then make a couple of inquiries," he said.
"We would like to have a look at a couple of players before the end of the season, if possible.
"If it is not possible, we will keep watching them at their respective clubs and make a judgement from there.
"We are certainly happy enough with the squad. We now have Jake Buxton back in training, so there is only Shaun Barker in the treatment room, touch wood."
Jamie Ward's return from a hamstring injury has boosted Derby in recent matches and Buxton is due to make his comeback in the under-21 fixture against Crewe Alexandra next week. The defender has been out for nine weeks with a knee injury.
Any loan signing coming in would be with a view to a permanent deal in the summer, as happen with Ward, Frank Fielding and Theo Robinson in February 2011.
"It is just nice to get to know players and them to know us and then they would not be starting a fresh on July 1 ahead of next season," said Clough.
"There are a couple of positions we are looking at for next season.
"You can watch players play for their teams and you are reasonably sure of their ability but character is the big thing, so that they fit in with the lads we have got here."
Clough is not expecting too many changes to his squad in the summer.
"The main thing, like in January, will be trying to keep the lads together," added Clough. "Much will depend on what happens with our players, as always."