Report: Derby County boss watched Hearts' Callum Paterson on Thursday; scouts from Sheffield Wednesday also present

Scotland's Callum Paterson comes on as a substitute to replace Callum Paterson

Could Championship rivals Derby County and Sheffield Wednesday do battle for the second January running?

Derby County boss Steve McClaren spent his Wednesday evening watching Hearts' Callum Paterson, according to the Edinburgh Evening Times.

The Rams are in need of a right-back with Cyrus Christie out until February at least and Paterson, whose contract expires at the end of the campaign, appears to fit the bill for McClaren.

Derby County Manager Steve McClaren

The report states that Paterson has already made clear his intention to move to England next summer and would cost around £400,000 in compensation.

However, an earlier exit cannot be ruled out, especially if Hearts boss Robbie Neilson leaves for MK Dons, as expected.

Derby were not the only ones in attendance, though, with representatives from Sheffield Wednesday also spotted as Hearts beat Rangers 2-0 at Tynecastle, according to the Edinburgh Evening Times.

Heart of Midlothian's Callum Paterson celebrates scoring their first goal

Wednesday's need for a right-back is somewhat less pressing than the Rams', however, with Jack Hunt and Liam Palmer sharing the role between them this season.

The Owls went head-to-head with Derby for Reading's Nick Blackman last January, with the striker opting for a move to Pride Park on that occasion.

Wednesday chairman Dejphon Chansiri insisted recently, however, that his side are much more attractive to potential targets this time around.

Sheffield Wednesday Chairman Dejphon Chansiri after the match

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