Transfer Update - Ins and Outs
So the transfer window slams shut until the summer, barring 'emergency` loans, and Nigel Clough has been busy with a number of ins and outs coming through the Pride Park doors. It has been mainly loans hitting the news with DJ Campbell and Lee Johnson returning to their clubs and Javan Vidal and Michael Tonge joining until the end of the season alongside Nicky Hunt who had his loan extended until May. Russell Anderson was also signed on a short term deal to provide cover at the back with injuries again biting in the back line. Here Vital Derby takes a look at the ins, outs and those staying put after the dust has settled:
Nicky Hunt - Signed initially on a month`s loan but now extended until the end of the season and has grown with each game he has played as hit fitness returns. Adds the solidity and quality lacking at right back after Frederik Stoor returned to Fulham and looks to be a sound addition to the squad. Would surely be a good permanent signing should things work out over the coming months but Premiership wages could be a stumbling block here.
Russell Anderson - Looks to have the pedigree to be a competent performer at this level after this career has been sidetracked of late with injuries. Captain at Aberdeen before moving south of the border to Sunderland before the injuries struck and has been restricted to a number substitute appearances due to the form of Shaun Barker and Jake Buxton of late. Interesting to see what part he will play between now and May
Javan Vidal - Product of the Manchester City academy and has spent time on loan at Grimsby and Aberdeen in previous years. The pacey youngster can play anywhere down the right of the pitch and will give The Rams cover for a number of positions. Has experience in the England youth setup and will be hungry to show what he can do at this level.
Michael Tonge - Had working and versatile midfielder/defender who has spent time at Preston earlier this season and has experience at this level from his time at Sheffield United and will be a good addition to the squad. He will give plenty of options with his ability to play in the middle or out wide in midfield and also drop into the backline should he be needed.
Lee Johnson - Only here for a month so technically not an 'out` but looked very tidy in his time at Pride Park always wanting the ball and finding a pass despite being played out of position on the left of midfield at times. Seems unpopular with the fans at Bristol City and would certainly be a welcome addition to the Derby ranks should he return either permanently or on loan again.
DJ Campbell - Added the pace The Rams so sorely lack up front and bagged three goals in a total of six starts and two substitute appearances in his time at Pride Park. Looked a decent player at this level but his wages would be a problem and with Leicester looking for a permanent deal he has returned there. Farmed out to Blackpool yesterday so will not be returning to Pride Park.
Alexander Prijovic - Joined The Rams in the summer of 2008 after turning down a new contract with Parma but failed to make a first team appearance and was farmed out on loan to Northampton and Yeovil during the last two seasons before signing for FC Sion on the final day of the transfer window.
Rob Hulse - Rumours have been surrounding the striker since he turned down a move to Middlesbrough on the last day of the August transfer window. Came out in the press to say he didn`t want to leave and despite some last minute interest remains a Derby player and will be more popular than ever after his winner against Forest at the weekend.
Kris Commons - Another player at the heart of numerous rumours about The Rams being willing to let him go but remains at Pride Park at least until the end of the season (loans aside). Has gradually worked his way back to fitness and can provide the spark and moment of skill to win a game but it would seem he has not been consistent or hard working enough for Nigel Clough so far.
David Martin - The Millwall winger was one earmarked by Nigel Clough as worthy of a transfer fee and the fee was agreed between the two clubs only for the deal to fall through at the last minute allegedly down to his representative. Possibly one to look out for when the emergency loan window opens as Clough has talked about more inbound players.
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