Derby County boss Phillip Cocu has told RamsTV how the club are positive of adding to their squad next week with a central defender and offensive player on the cards.
So far Derby have been quiet in the transfer window. Summer loan signings Jamie Paterson and Kieran Dowell have departed, while the club work on potential arrivals.
A report in The Sun claimed the Rams are looking to sign Chelsea’s Tariq Ukwake on loan.
And while Cocu didn’t mention any names, the Dutchman admits the club are in the market for an offensive player and hopes to have a new signing next week.
I hope next week we hope to announce one new part of our squad. It looks positive at the moment. And then maybe one more but that’s a little bit more unpredictable until now but we keep on pushing and working on that side. The centre-back position and the offensive part of the team we look to strengthen.
Chelsea’s Uwakwe is a highly rated attacking midfielder.
The Nigerian born player has featured six times for Chelsea’s U23s this season. He has helped the Blues top the Premier League 2 table with some excellent performances.
The Sun claim West Bromwich Albion wanted to sign him this time last year. However, Chelsea turned down their approach which included a loan-to-buy option.
Derby are seemingly seeking him on loan until May. The Rams had great success in the loan market last season, with Mason Mount, Fikayo Tomori and Harry Wilson arriving.
Tariq arriving at Pride Park, however, would raise questions over Derby’s attacking options. He is predominantly an attack-minded player who likes to get forward.
Tom Lawrence, Jason Knight and Duane Holmes are all attacking players. Wayne Rooney, meanwhile, is another player who could feature further forward.