According to a report in The Telegraph, a new investment deal in Derby County is expected to be completed this month ahead of the January transfer window.

The report states owner Mel Morris will remain as chairman, and the deal ensures Derby manager Phillip Cocu will have funds to strengthen the squad next month.

Derby are currently sitting in lower midtable in the Championship.

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Cocu has faced a difficult task since arriving at Derby in the summer. A poor summer transfer window coupled with off-field issues and injuries have hindered the squad.

In all truth, the Rams squad is somewhat of a mishmash following previous managers.

Several players left last summer, and more will follow at the end of the season. Ikechi Anya, Tom Huddlestone, Chris Martin, Curtis Davies, Mason Bennett and Craig Forsyth are all out of contract next July. How many stay on at Pride Park remains to be seen.

Who have Derby County been linked with?

Cocu needs to bring in his own players. And the latest investment deal will reportedly allow him to do so following months of potential takeover talks.

Derby have been linked with players ahead of January. Aberdeen’s Sam Cosgrove (TEAMtalk), Scott Sinclair (Football Insider) and Cameron Dawson (The Star) to name a few.

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Midfield has been a problem for the Rams this season. 19 goals in 18 games point to poor forwards, but in reality, there is a real lack of creativity throughout the team.

A winger or two, a central defender after Richard Keogh’s sacking and a new goalkeeper amid Kelle Roos’s struggles are also potential areas to improve too.

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