Derby County suffer twin setback in bid to bring in loan player
DERBY County have been knocked back in two attempts to land a defender on loan.
One is thought to be Aidan White, the 21-year-old Leeds United left-back, who can also play in midfield and who was a target last summer.
The Rams checked on the loan market following Gareth Roberts' red card in the defeat at Hull and because injuries to defenders have piled up.
Given that Roberts will complete his three-match ban by missing Saturday's game at Watford and the news that centre-half Jake Buxton could be fit for the clash, it is looking unlikely that Derby will make a loan signing.
Nigel Clough will not bring in a new face for the sake of it.
"As attractive as a loan signing is, we don't want somebody to come in who isn't of the same mindset as the rest of the group," said the manager.
"We have been turned down for a couple of players we really liked. There are not too many teams who want to lose players at this stage of the season. If you look at the Championship, just about every team is playing for something with 13 games to go.
"We will throw some names around and see if there is anyone out there who is available who might improve us but I don't think they could give anymore than our players are doing.
"There is no point bringing in a body for the sake of it. We have to be sure that they are better and we do not want to disrupt the spirit in our camp. That is very important.
"We asked about loans we wanted to look at for the future. We have been turned down, therefore it would be a case of patching up if we think it is necessary in the short term, which is against what we want to.
"We have Valentin Gjokaj, who is a centre-half, and he is chomping at the bit for a chance. We would have no problems playing him. He has done fine in the under-21s and probably deserves his chance."