McClaren has suggested that the Rams could find it difficult to sign Darren Bent as a free agent, while confirming that Tom Ince is due to go back to Hull City.
“It is difficult with Tom because he is a Hull City player but we would love him,” he said.
“I think Darren is a free agent and after scoring the goals he did I think there will be quite a few clubs after him but we would like him as well.”
Hull are well within their rights to take a look at Ince so that their manager Steve Bruce can judge how he’s developed.
If he likes what he sees then he can bring him into the first team picture a bit more with the Tigers, but if he decides he doesn’t have a future with the club, Derby will certainly be one of the clubs interested in him.
A lot could depend on Hull’s future and whether they stay in the Premier League. If they do, it makes it that little bit more difficult to retain Ince for next year.
In terms of Bent, it remains to be seen whether he will get a new deal at Aston Villa.
If he doesn’t then a Premier League side could look to snap him up because he is a very experienced player, but his success and understanding over how Derby like to play will work for them if they can make an offer to him as a free agent.
If Derby get either of them, they will be in a better position as a result at the start of the next campaign.