Report: Derby County defender Jason Shackell enters talks with Championship rivals Millwall

Gary Rowett, Manager of Derby County  during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Huddersfield Town at iPro Stadium on April 17, 2017 in Derby, England.

Jason Shackell is one of a number of senior players Derby County boss Gary Rowett wants to leave, and Millwall could take him off the Rams' hands.

Gary Rowett manager of Derby County looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Reading at iPro Stadium on November 4, 2017 in Derby, England.

Derby County manager Gary Rowett is hoping to trim the fat from his squad with just a week remaining in the January transfer window.

The Sun (14th January, page 59) reports that Rowett wants three senior players to leave Pride Park: Chris Martin, Ikechi Anya and Jason Shackell.

Ahmed Musa of Leicester City battles for the ball with Jason Shackell of Derby County during the Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round replay match between Leicester City and Derby City at The King...

While there do not appear to have been any offers for Scotland international Anya just yet, compatriot Martin is a man in demand. As reported by the Chronicle, Sunderland have agreed a deal to sign the striker on loan but Championship rivals Wolves are hoping to muscle in on the deal.

And it appears that interest in Shackell is also hotting up ahead of next Wednesday’s deadline. The Sun (live blog) states that Millwall are in talks to sign the veteran centre-back with manager Neil Harris keen to strike a loan deal.

Jason Shackell of Derby County during the Sky Bet Championship match between Bolton Wanderers and Derby County at the Macron Stadium on August 8, 2015 in Bolton, England.

Shackell, who cost Derby £1 million when he arrived from Burnley in the summer of 2015, has lost his place in Rowett’s starting XI of late with Curtis Davies and Richard Keogh established as The Rams first-choice defensive partnership.

But the 34-year-old, who skippered Burnley to promotion back in the 2013/14 season, still has a lot to offer and could be a good addition to a Millwall side whose defence looked decidedly shaky in Saturday’s 4-3 win away at ten-man Leeds United.

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