The Rams head coach is in the market for at least one central midfielder after injuries to Will Hughes, Craig Bryson, Jamie Hanson and Jeff Hendrick already this season.
Huddersfield and Nottingham Forest have gone public by saying they have turned down bids from County for Jacob Butterfield and Michail Antonio respectively. The Rams have also been linked with Harrison Reed at Southampton and Brighton’s Dale Stephens.
Commenting on the speculation at his pre-match press conference on Thursday afternoon, Clement said: “We will continue to do our business in private.
“If other chairmen, players or agents – whoever it is – want to speak about it, that is down to them but we want to keep our business in private.
“We think that is the right way to do it, and it will remain that way until we make a signing.
“I speak to (chief executive) Sam Rush and (head of football operations) Chris Evans daily about who our targets are and how things are progressing.
“We think we go about our business with a certain class, and that is very important to us.
“We have highlighted a small group of players, we don’t want to go too wide.
“We want someone who can add to the quality, has the experience, knows the league and can hit the ground running.”
Hughes is out for six months with the knee problem he sustained during the goalless draw with Bolton on the opening day of the Championship campaign. Bryson also injured a knee at the Macron Stadium and will be absent for around a month.
Hanson and Hendrick suffered concussion and a dead leg respectively against Middlesbrough this week and are only expected to sit out the trip to Birmingham on Friday night.
“We’ve lost four midfield players inside our first three league games. It’s very unlucky, especially with how pre-season went, so we’re a bit stretched in central midfield at the moment,” said Clement, who has drawn all three of his league games in charge.
“But it’s only for the short term and we’re positive and confident.”