Nigel Clough eyes defensive recruits

Clough eyes defensive recruits
© PA Photos
Nigel Clough says that Derby County are in the market for a new centre-back this summer.

Derby County manager Nigel Clough has made a new centre-half his top priority as he looks to build a team capable of challenging at the top of the Championship.

The 47-year-old said that he is looking to improve all areas of the pitch ahead of the new season, but believes that his team is well stocked and will not be rushed into making purchases.

"We're coming at it from a position of strength, because we've got [Richard] Keogh and [Jake] Buxton, who have proved themselves to be a more than adequate centre-half pairing," he told the Derby Telegraph. "We've got to get a better centre-half than Jake, which will not be easy.

"We've got Mark O'Brien coming back from injury around September time and Shaun Barker not too far behind him. We've also got Valentin Gjokaj, who deputised a couple of times last season and didn't let us down, even though he wasn't even playing in his usual position.

"John Brayford can also play at centre-half, with Kieron Freeman going to right-back, so we're not sweating on it at all."

The Rams finished 10th last season.

Blackburn Rovers' Colin Kazim-Richards celebrates scoring his sides first goal against Derby Country on January 26, 2013
Read Next:
Team News: One change apiece for Blackburn and Derby
>
You May Like
Recomended from Sports Mole



Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Leeds UnitedLeeds85211431117
2Wolverhampton WanderersWolves8521138517
3Cardiff CityCardiff8521127517
4Preston North EndPreston843193615
5Ipswich TownIpswich7502128415
6Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd850386215
7Middlesbrough8422105514
8Bristol City83411510513
9Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds8341107313
10Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest84041113-212
11Queens Park RangersQPR83231212011
12Norwich CityNorwich8323812-411
13Aston Villa8242109110
14Fulham824287110
15Derby CountyDerby73131111010
16Millwall823311929
17Hull City82241415-18
18Reading722367-18
19Burton Albion8224615-98
20Barnsley7214811-37
21Sunderland8134712-56
22Brentford8044712-54
23Birmingham CityBirmingham8116412-84
24Bolton WanderersBolton8026416-122
LIVE SCORES VIDEPRINTER
expand