Midlands latest: Derby confirm stars are set to stay; Forest identify top two targets

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We bring you the latest news from Stoke City, Leicester City, West Bromwich Albion, Derby County and Nottingham Forest.

1) Stoke and Newcastle to battle it out for Carl Jenkinson

Stoke City are hoping to sign Arsenal’s Carl Jenkinson this summer, but will have to battle it will Newcastle if they are to do so.

Jenkinson’s first team chances at the Gunners look limited for the upcoming season and, as a result, Mark Hughes is hoping that he can persuade the London club to allow the English youngster to leave on loan.

Their chances could also be boosted if Newcastle manage to complete the signing of Daryl Janmaat, who has been lined-up as their first choice to replace Mathieu Debuchy at right-back.

That move, which is reportedly on the verge of completion, would mean there would be little need for Jenkinson to move to St. James’ Park and could mean that Stoke have a free shot at signing the 22-year-old.

2) Matty James looking to repay Nigel Pearson’s faith

Matty James says that he can’t wait to get started in the Premier League, after his Leicester City side were promoted last season.

The Foxes are expected to face a fight to stay in the division this year, but James, who has recently signed a new four-year deal at the club, is excited to test himself at the top level.

"It is the first time I have been in the Premier League as a first-team player. It is very exciting for me,” he said.

"There are a few lads who have been in the Championship for a lot of their career and, in some cases, their entire career.

"To be in the Premier League now is a big thing and everyone can't wait to get started."

3) West Brom looking to sign Andre Wisdom

West Bromwich Albion are hoping to sign Liverpool prospect Andre Wisdom on loan this summer.

Wisdom has been linked with a move to Derby County for much of the summer so far, but Baggies appear to have jumped ahead in the race for his signature as they can offer him Premier League football.

The 21-year-old is highly rated by Liverpool, but they are keen for him to get first-team football that may be harder to come by at Anfield.

The deal is reliant on Baggies’ chase of Aston Villa right-back Alan Hutton proving fruitless, though.

Alan Irvine has made Hutton his first-choice target for this summer, but the experienced Scot’s wage demands are proving problematic at the moment.

4) No big departures at Derby

Steve McClaren has revealed that all the club’s protagonists will remain at Derby County this summer.

The likes of Will Hughes and Craig Bryson, who are both considered amongst the Football League’s best players, have been linked with a move away from the Championship side this summer, but McClaren insists that all his stars are fully committed to the Rams’ cause.

Derby missed out on promotion in cruel circumstances last season – conceding in the last minute of the playoff final against Queens Park Rangers, after dominating for most of the game – but are hoping to go one better this time.

One of the most important factors in ensuring they could do this successfully was keeping the current squad together and McClaren has revealed he expects to do just that.

“The players and squad are together as one and we talked about that at the end of last season, and they’re committed to the Club,” he said to the club’s official site.

“They were committed last season and I know they are now to do it again this time around.

“We’ve lost a few players through loans, that happens, but it was vital that we kept the majority of the squad together.

“The squad has been our strength so we can’t weaken it.”

5) Nottingham Forest hoping to sign Jobi McAnuff and Mikele Leigertwood

Nottingham Forest have made Jobi McAnuff and Mikele Leigertwood two of their top targets this summer.

The pair both left Reading at the end of last season, after their contracts expired, and Forest are now reportedly ready to swoop for the experienced duo.

Jobi McAnuff has already said that he is hoping to remain playing at the top end of the Championship and, with Stuart Pearce’s ambitious plans for Forest, a move to the City Ground would surely enable him to do just that.

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