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Not long left: 2 Derby County players who need to be shifted before February 1st

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It has been a rather quiet month for Derby County, who will be hoping for more activity with only eight days of the January transfer window left to go.

After what has been a bitterly disappointing and underwhelming campaign thus far, Phillip Cocu would have undoubtedly been looking to bolster his squad with fresh faces this month.

Instead, the Rams are yet to make a single addition apart from Wayne Rooney, who agreed to join on a pre-contract deal way back in August.

There has been very little to report on the outgoing front, as well. A couple of younger players have left the club on loan, whilst George Thorne has become the first senior player to leave Pride Park for good.

The midfielder has returned to Oxford United, this time on a permanent basis, having become completely surplus to requirements in the East Midlands.

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Getting rid of players and freeing up the wage bill could be beneficial for Derby as they try to bring new players in, and there will be some who will be desperate for a move away before the end of the month.

Here, we take a look at two Derby players who simply need to be shifted out before the transfer deadline…

Florian Jozefzoon

Jozefzoon is currently facing an uncertain future at Pride Park having fallen completely out of favour under Cocu.

The winger – who has played just 10 times this season – has made only one appearance in the last three months, which came in the 1-0 home defeat to Millwall in December.

The Dutchman hasn’t been named in the matchday squad for the last six games, either, so a move away looks extremely likely.

Reports have claimed that Cocu has given the green light for Jozefzoon to find a new club, which would mark the end of what has been a turbulent spell in the East Midlands.

Ikechi Anya

Honestly, Anya hasn’t put a single foot wrong under Phillip Cocu this year, but that’s because he’s yet to feature for the Rams this season due to injury.

In fact, the Scottish international hasn’t played a single game for the Rams since their play-off semi-final defeat to Fulham in May 2018, which seems like a lifetime ago now.

Having missed the entirety of last season due to injury, Anya is of no real use to Derby, and it’s unlikely that he will be a regular for the Rams once he finally makes a return from injury.

He’s 32 years of age and his contract runs out at the end of the season, so they may as well cut ties now and free up further wages.


Nottingham-based journalist who regularly covers Nottingham Forest home and away.

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