Premier League trio Steve McClaren should sign to boost Derby promotion bid

Derby manager Steve McClaren

Derby County boss Steve McClaren should be eyeing a Leicester City striker and wingers from Crystal Palace and Swansea City to push promotion bid.

Derby manager Steve McClarenDerby manager Steve McClaren

The Rams have been in fine form under Steve McClaren with four wins on the bounce propelling them to within touching distance of the Championship play-off places.

The second tier looks set to be as fiercely competitive as ever this season with some big clubs fighting it out for the holy grail of promotion to the Premier League.

Derby manager Steve McClarenCan McClaren get Derby up this season?

Should McClaren achieve that in his second spell as Derby boss it would go some way to repairing his damaged reputation.

But his next moves in the transfer market will be crucial to ensure the Rams go one better than his first tenure and actually seal a promotion which looked unlikely earlier this season.

Here are three Premier League players who should realistically be on McClaren's January shopping list.

Leonardo Ulloa celebratesLeonardo Ulloa celebrates

Leonardo Ulloa

The big 30-year-old Argentine wants to leave nearby Leicester City after falling down the pecking order since the Foxes' unforgettable title win last season.

Relegation favourites Swansea City and Sunderland are reportedly keen on Ulloa - according to the likes of the Sun - but he is exactly the proven, experienced quality front man Derby need to get the job done this season.

With the player desperate to leave Derby could hold the trump card as he would not have to uproot to make the move to Pride Park and the Foxes would more than likely be open to a loan with an option to buy.

Wolves' Bakary Sako celebrates scoring their second goalBakary Sako knows his way around the Championship having previously been with Wolves

Bakary Sako

The 28-year-old Mali international has made just 22 appearances for Crystal Palace since signing from Wolves back in August 2015.

The powerful winger is struggling for game time in an under performing Eagles side and his future looks to be elsewhere.

While Palace would be tempted by a permanent deal, another loan looks likely but could hinge on any involvement in the African Cup of Nations in January.

His pace would be a real asset and he is a player who knows the division which would be a big bonus for McClaren.

Leicester's Nathan Dyer after trainingSwansea's Nathan Dyer

Nathan Dyer

Another tricky winger blessed with pace is Swansea City's Nathan Dyer.

Dyer was a teammate of Ulloa's while on loan at Leicester last season so the two would combine well if he is willing to take a drop down to the Championship in search of game time he is not getting under Bob Bradley at the Liberty Stadium.

Like Sako Dyer is also 28 and reaching the stage of his career where he will want to just be playing every week.

Dyer is something of a loan ranger in his career having been sent out to other clubs four times and Derby could do a lot worse than see if they can make it a fifth.

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