Derby County manager Nigel Clough hoping to extend loan stay for Norwich City striker Chris Martin
DERBY County are hopeful of having striker Chris Martin back on loan when they return to action against Bristol City.
Martin's one-month loan expired after Saturday's 2-1 home victory over Leicester City, in which he scored his first goal in a Rams shirt.
Talks between Derby and Norwich City over extending his stay at Pride Park are ongoing.
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Martin has made an impact in his five games and manager Nigel Clough has praised the player's contribution.
"We are trying to keep Chris," said Clough.
"We have been trying in the past week to sort something out and, hopefully, we are not too far away.
"I think he wants to stay and that is the main thing.
"He has done well for us. He is a calming influence. He gets a hold of the ball, keeps it simple and retains possession."
Asked if Martin's loan could lead to a permanent move for next season, Clough said: "That will purely depend on what Norwich's plans are for him."
Martin is out of contract at Carrow Road in the summer, although Norwich have a one-year option on him.
On the possibility of extending his loan, Martin said: "We are in the process of doing that now. Hopefully, something can be confirmed as soon as possible.
"I don't think Norwich will take up their option because, to be quite frank, I've not really been involved in the squad for the past couple of years, on and off.
"They've made their position very clear to me that I'm not really part of the plans.
"You never know in football, so I'll wait and see how that goes."
Derby's other loan player, Craig Forsyth, filled in at left-back against Leicester for the injured Gareth Roberts.
Forsyth, on loan from Watford, had played on the left of midfield in his previous two games.
"Gareth took a knock on the side of a calf muscle in training on Friday," said Clough.
"It was innocuous and we didn't think it would be a problem. We thought he would be OK but he woke up on Saturday morning and it was still very sore.
"I thought Craig was very solid at left-back.
"When you do have to change positions it is your attitude as much as anything that gets you through and Craig did really well."