White Hart Lane

Next Game

Tottenham v West Brom

Sunday, 21 September 2014, 13:30

Barclays Prem

The Hawthorns

Last Game

West Brom 0 - 2 Everton

Saturday, 13 September 2014, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Derby keen to get deals done

Derby County are looking to get transfer business completed early and remain keen on West Bromwich Albion midfielder George Thorne.

Last Updated: 19/06/14 at 18:27 Post Comment

Steve McClaren and Paul Simpson, Derby are looking to strengthen their squad

Steve McClaren and Paul Simpson, Derby are looking to strengthen their squad

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Just two additions have been made to a squad that came unstuck in the 2013/14 Championship play-off final, and youngsters Alban Bunjaku and Jonathan Mitchell will drop into the development ranks.

Senior recruits are being sought, though, with Steve McClaren and his coaching and scouting teams working hard to get deals done.

Paul Simpson is confident that progress will be made before the start of pre-season and that Derby will be stronger by the time they kick-off the new campaign against Rotherham United on August 9.

He told the Derby Telegraph: “Although there hasn’t been a hell of a lot going on so far, there’s been plenty of work going on behind the scenes.

“There are people having conversations with agents and players and we are trying to make sure we have a good enough squad to try to do at least the same as we did last season.

“If it’s not for the start of pre-season, we’ll look to get it (sorted out) for the opening game.

“If we can’t get them by then, we’ll look to do it before the end of that first transfer window.

“Our focus is on getting players in who are going to make us even better than last season.”

Among those Derby are hoping to welcome onto their books is former loan star Thorne.

One bid for the 21-year-old has already been knocked back, but Simpson believes the appointment of Alan Irvine as the new boss at West Brom will help to make the picture a little clearer for all concerned.

He added: “I think if anything is going to happen with George Thorne, then the fact they’ve now got a manager will help that situation.

“George is a player who we all liked last season and we know the job he did for us. There’s been talk that he’s somebody we want to bring in permanently.

“Whether Alan Irvine, as the new manager at West Brom, looks at George and thinks he can play for them, I don’t know that.

“In an ideal world, we’d have players back in for pre-season with a squad that will give us a right good chance.

“Whether George is one of them, it’s too early for me to make any comment on that. We’ll have to wait and see what happens.”

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

W

riting a minute by minute account on Berbatov would be like chronicling the days of the guy punished for sloth in the movie Se7en. Day 4 - lay in bed, did nothing - 15th minute, stood there did nothing .

lustral
Taking A Close Look At Mario...

W

hen players in their 30s leave Real Madrid, it's usually to Bolton Wanderers. I miss those days.

sailingmagpie
Top Ten CL Players Whetting Our Appetite

W

ow Pete, you would make an excellent stalker!

fouloleron
Taking A Close Look At Mario...

Footer 365

Southampton midfielder Sadio Mane has been granted a work permit

Ronald Koeman has confirmed that Sadio Mane has been successful in gaining a work permit.

Transfer news: Arsenal 'nearly signed Cristiano Ronaldo and Didier Drogba', says Arsene Wenger

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says his biggest regret is missing out on signing Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.

Middlesborough defender Damia Abella has been ruled out for six months

Middlesbrough defender Damia Abella is facing up to six months out with a serious knee injury.

Mail Box

Why Doesn't Rodgers Play Borini?

One Liverpool supporter thinks this could be Fabio Borini's year, whilst we also have thoughts on the Red Bulls, Welbeck vs Gervinho and Paul Lambert's new deal...

Could Arsenal Benefit From Top Four Exit?

That's one idea in the morning mailbox as the Arsene Wenger debate rumbles on. Plus, comparing Welbeck to Gervinho and some advice for Greg Dyke and the FA...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property