Burton hands in transfer request
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Jamaican international has decided on a move away from Pride Park after the club were reported to have rejected a bid from Division One leaders Portsmouth for the striker this week.
The 25-year-old's contract is up in the summer and he started the season at Pompey, where he spent a month on loan with Harry Redknapp's high-flyers, scoring three goals in six appearances.
However, Burton returned to The Rams after breaking a bone in his foot while playing for Pompey and was subsequently sidelined for nearly two months.
Meanwhile, Derby's latest financial woes could lead to chief executive Keith Loring leaving his position with the Division One club.
Loring is facing a decision on whether to accept reduced responsibilities with the Pride Park club or move on from his role as chief executive.
The Rams are carrying debts of nearly £30 million and are in the process of dramatically restructuring the club in order to maintain its existence since relegation from The Premiership.
Loring said: "I have to decide whether to sacrifice my own job for the benefit of the club's financial position.
"My role has changed as a result of not being in The Premiership and the financial restraints that we find ourselves under.
"I'm not as busy as I used to be."
Loring has been pushed out of the club's decision-making process by the trio of accountant Russell Cash, financial director Andrew McKenzie and director Fred Vinton.
Vinton has admitted that Loring soon must make a decision on his future, so that Derby can continue with its downsizing process within the club.
Vinton said: "Keith has to decide what is best for himself and Derby County, and it has to be resolved soon.
"The club has been in turmoil for six months and we are doing our best to turn things around.
"But we are very much in a downsizing situation. We have to live within our First Division limits and that means people leaving the club."