According to Goal, Derby County, Sheffield Wednesday, Huddersfield Town and Birmingham City are keen on signing Chelsea’s Jake Clarke-Salter on loan.

The Blues defender spent last season on loan at Birmingham City.

Clarke-Salter, 23, has several top quality players ahead of him in Chelsea’s pecking order therefore another loan out to the Championship appears likely.

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And Goal claims he isn’t short on potential suitors.

Derby, Wednesday, Huddersfield and Birmingham have all registered an interest, though a deal isn’t yet close with both the club and player mulling over their options.

Prior to his spell at St Andrew’s, Clarke-Salter had enjoyed another Championship loan at Sunderland where then manager Chris Coleman sang his praises (Gazette).

Jake is a hugely talented young player who has jumped at the opportunity to come to this club and show people what he can do. You don’t play for a club like Chelsea unless you have tremendous ability and I’m sure he will be able to demonstrate that for Sunderland. Jake is exactly the type of hungry young player I have spoken about and he has shown me just how keen he is to come to here and play in front of our supporters.

Derby have bolstered their defensive options this past summer with the arrival of Mike te Wierek and the return of Matthew Clarke on loan from Brighton and Hove Albion.

The Rams, however, looked out of sorts at the back in their opening three games.

Defeats to Reading, Luton Town and Blackburn Rovers, the latter a 4-0 thrashing, prompted manager Phillip Cocu to make several changes at Norwich City last weekend.

Derby moved to a back five, with George Evans and Curtis Davies coming in. Cocu’s side put in a much more resilient display, winning 1-0 with Davies winning the MOTM award.

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While Clarke-Salter would be another welcome addition, Derby have bigger priorities with a new central striker a must before the domestic deadline closes on October 16.

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