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Derby County dealt transfer blow in pursuit of defender



St Etienne have received offers from Derby County and Stoke City to take centre back Harold Moukoudi on loan this month, according to The Telegraph’s Mike McGrath.

Both Derby boss Phillip Cocu and Stoke boss Michael O’Neill have been keen to bring in a number of new faces this month during the transfer window but both have seen only one arrival apiece.

Sitting in the bottom half of the Championship table, both Derby and Stoke have improved since the turn of the New Year and are looking improve on their early season failings.

Links to a number of transfer prospects have emerged this month and both have now been linked to Moukoudi, who is currently enjoying life in Ligue 1 with St Etienne.

McGrath claims via his Twitter account that both Derby and Stoke both lodged loan bids for the Cameroon international, but St Etienne boss Claude Puel turned down their approaches.

Moukoudi, 22, joined St Etienne from Le Havre last summer and has made 15 appearances in all competitions for the French side this season.

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The Verdict

This has to have been one of the most toughest transfer windows in football history. Clubs are simply unwilling to let players leave, and those interested clubs are having to look very thorough into the market to identify targets.

Moukoudi is largely unknown but seems to have a lot of talent, having represented the Cameroon national side – but it seems for now, he will be staying in French football.

The fact that Claude Puel has halted a potential exit, also hands the young defender a massive confidence boost, so it will be worth both Derby and Stoke keeping an eye on him in the future to see how he progresses.

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