Derby target Huddersfield's Jacob Butterfield

HITC Sport understands Derby County have launched a bid for Huddersfield Town midfielder Jacob Butterfield.

Derby County are eyeing a move for Huddersfield Town's Jacob Butterfield as they look to bolster their midfield options before the close of the transfer window, HITC Sport understands from sources close to the club.

Derby are in the market for midfield reinforcements after losing Will Hughes to a long-term injury, while Craig Bryson is also currently on the sidelines.

Youngster Jamie Hanson was handed a start in midfield for Saturday's draw with Charlton Athletic and Rams boss Paul Clement is determined to add to his midfield options by bringing in a new face.

A number of names have been linked with a move to the iPro Stadium, but it appears Derby have identified former Middlesbrough man Butterfield as their top target.

Butterfield joined Huddersfield last summer from Middlesbrough in a swap deal with Adam Clayton and he enjoyed a superb debut season at the John Smith's Stadium winning the club's Player of the Season award.

Huddersfield would be reluctant to lose such a key performer as Butterfield, but Derby have tested their resolve with a firm bid for the midfielder as they look to lure him to the iPro Stadium.

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