Three players Derby County could sell on deadline day, including Darren Bent

Derby County have a bloated squad that is in need of trimming.

Derby County have been one of the busiest clubs in the transfer market this season, spending over £20 million on new players as they look to win promotion to the Premier League.

The Rams already had a fairly sizeable squad, and additions such as Bradley Johnson, Jacob Butterfield and Marcus Olsson have arguably only come about due to injuries to fellow key players.

But as a result of their transfer activity, the club now find themselves with too many players on their books – a factor which could see a few leave the iPro Stadium ahead of Monday’s 11pm deadline.

The first candidate to leave the club is Darren Bent, with reports in The Sun claiming Derby are already offering the former England international to a number of clubs in Turkey.

The ex-Sunderland man just hasn’t featured regularly enough to warrant his expectedly high wages, and for the past few matches, he hasn’t even made the 18-man match-day squad.

The same report in The Sun claims that Derby are also looking at selling Stephen Warnock, with his potential destination most likely to be another Championship club.

Warnock is in the last six months of his current contract, and the recent addition of left-back Marcus Olsson may soon see him lose his spot in the first-team.

That said, he has been a sound back-up to the injured Craig Forsyth, and should he leave the club today a large number of supporters may not agree with the decision.

One final candidate to leave the club is another forward player – with Johnny Russell or Andreas Weimann the two standouts following their absence from the first-team of late.

The arrivals of Nick Blackman and Abdoul Camara mean Paul Clement has up to six wide players to work with, which is too many when considering how off-form one or two are.

Weimann only joined the club from Aston Villa in the summer, yet he was touted long before Clement became boss and it immediately became evident that the Austrian would never really fit in.

As a wide player he was out of position, and through the middle he was largely ineffective – prompting the club to bring in two new forward players in January and push Weimann out of the 18-man squad.

Should the club receive an offer in the region of the amount they paid for his services, then it wouldn’t be surprising to see him make a swift departure.

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