Nigel Clough expecting a quiet January transfer window
NIGEL Clough is not expecting much movement in or out at Derby County in the January transfer window.
"I don't think we will have too much room to do anything in January and so we will be sticking with the players we have got," said the manager.
Derby currently have four players sidelined by injury who would all be starters in the team, if fit.
Shaun Barker is out for the entire season as he recovers from a serious knee injury. Left-back Gareth Roberts (calf) and midfielder Craig Bryson (knee) missed the defeat by Leicester City last weekend and are doubts for Saturday's home game against Leeds United, while striker Jamie Ward has been out for 10 weeks with hamstring trouble.
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"If we can get Gareth and Jamie fit, and Craig Bryson, we will be happy with that," said Clough.
Clough confirmed recently that the club is "slightly" over budget when it comes to wages.
Asked if he would like to have more experienced cover for 34-year-old Roberts at left-back, Clough said: "No, with Jimmy O'Connor and Kieron Freeman covering the full-back areas, I think we are OK."
O'Connor, a right-back or central defender, has struggled at times when he has filled in for Roberts.
Freeman, 20, has made three appearances as a substitute this season but he has yet to make a start for the Rams.
Whether or not clubs come calling for any of Derby's players in January remains to be seen.
Scouts have been watching young midfielder Will Hughes. The 17-year-old has been linked with Arsenal, Manchester City, Liverpool and Fulham.