Derby have a number of top quality players on loan at the club, which will create holes for McClaren to fill if the side can’t get permanent transfers sorted out after this season.
However, McClaren has explained that the club’s hands are effectively tied because they don’t currently know where they are going to be playing their football next season.
“We are not talking to anyone because we don't know where we are going to be in a couple of weeks' time. Let's get the season over with,” said the boss.
Derby are still fighting for promotion into the Premier League through the Championship play-off places and the calibre and nature of the sort of players they will be targeting is going to completely change if they go up.
The Premier League is often a struggle for newly promoted teams because of the difference in quality and how difficult it can be for some club’s to improve their entire squads.
As things stand, the Rams are in fifth place and have a four point cushion over the nearest side chasing the top six.
That should be enough for the team to secure a place in the play-offs with only two games left to run in the season.
McClaren has openly admitted in the same Derby Telegraph report that he wants to keep players like Tom Ince and their chances of doing so will definitely be better if the club goes up.