According to the Sky Sports, Derby County are among a number of Championship clubs keen on the loan signature of Bournemouth defender Jack Simpson.
Jack Simpson, 23, has made only 7 appearances for the Cherries this season; three in the Premier League, two in EFL Cup and two in the FA Cup. The Cherries are expected to make a decision on whether to let the centre-back go on loan, with Middlesbrough and Stoke City also keen, the report adds.
Derby County are keen to bolster their defence during this transfer window as they look to move up the Championship table during the second half of the campaign.
They have struggled with inconsistency throughout the campaign under Phillip Cocu, showing very little signs of competing for a playoff berth.
One of the main reasons for Derby’s downfall this season has been their poor defending, with Cocu’s side leaking 39 goals in 29 games so far.
They are really short in that department following Richard Keogh’s sacking back in September. In Keogh’s absence, the Rams have lacked a leader at the back, someone who’ll take the responsibility and marshal the troops.
Curtis Davies hasn’t been at his authoritative best this season and looks past his prime. Matthew Clarke arrived on loan from Brighton before the start of the season but has struggled with injury problems.
Jack Simpson has only featured in three league games this season and his only minutes this year have come in the FA Cup but the Englishman is a promising young defender could add some much-needed freshness to Derby’s backline.
The Rams must stop conceding goals if they are to give themselves a chance of reaching the playoffs. The addition of Simpson on loan would add another player to their backline, so Cocu should bring the defender before the transfer window slams shut.
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