Commons considers Derby offer
Top scorer Kris Commons is mulling over the latest offer of a new contract with Derby.
By Ben Collins
Last Updated: 04/01/11 6:43pm
Derby midfielder Kris Commons is mulling over the latest offer of a new contract from the Championship outfit.
The 27-year-old is enjoying the most prolific season of his career, bagging 13 goals in 23 league games for the Rams while also scoring on his return to the Scotland squad.
But the former Nottingham Forest man is out of contract in the summer and Derby are keen to hold onto their top scorer, who has also said he wants to stay at Pride Park.
"Kris is meeting his advisers to discuss his latest offer," manager Nigel Clough told the Derby Telegraph.
"We have been talking again over Christmas and the New Year and we will wait first of all to see if he accepts it and if anybody comes in with a bid for him in January. It is a bit of a waiting game."
Commons could leave on a free transfer at the end of the season so Clough could be forced to accept a cut-price fee for the former Stoke trainee during the current transfer window.
Clough, meanwhile, has drawn up a wish list for the players he believes would bolster his squad in January.
The Rams boss is targeting both loan and permanent signings, with a defender and a pacey striker his top priorities.
"We are all working together to try to secure those deals," Clough added. "We have identified targets and we are making calls to see who is available, who will come and who we can get for the right money.
"Loans are the obvious area of the market for us because we think we can get a bit better quality from a loan signing."
The Rams have been linked with Celtic's Glenn Loovens but the former Cardiff man, 27, is just one of several defenders on Clough's list.
And although Derby's next league game is at Watford on 15th January, Clough would be unable to bring in the Dutchman in time.
"I think he is out injured for about three weeks so until he is fit, nothing can be done anyway," added the Derby boss.
"Our last two results have taken a bit of pressure off, although we wouldn't have panicked anyway. Our next match is in the FA Cup and most clubs from the Premier League will not let players be cup-tied and if you take players from lower league clubs, they are likely to be cup-tied already, so there is no immediate rush."
Midfielder Paul Green has been linked with a £1.5million move to Wolves but Clough insists there are yet to be any bids or inquiries for any of his players.