Report: Derby County keen on offloading Bent and Warnock ahead of Monday’s deadline

Derby County are looking to trim their squad ahead of the deadline.

According to The Sun, Derby County are looking at offloading experienced duo Darren Bent and Stephen Warnock ahead of the upcoming 11pm transfer window deadline on Monday.

The report claims Rams boss Paul Clement is keen on trimming his squad after a number of arrivals this month, with Bent and Warnock now deemed surplus to requirements.

Former England international Bent has largely been on the periphery of the Rams’ starting XI this season, struggling to break in ahead of regular striker Chris Martin.

With Andreas Weimann, Johnny Russell and new signing Nick Blackman fellow forward options, Bent’s first-team prospects look rather slim despite his decent goal-scoring pedigree.

The Sun suggests the club are looking at offloading the former Sunderland man to Turkish clubs, while Warnock has been touted to fellow Championship sides.

The left-back has entered the last six months of his contract at the iPro Stadium, yet reports of an impending exit may come as a surprise to supporters considering his displays of late.

Amid a poor run of form, Warnock has largely been one of the most consistent performers for Derby in the absence of Craig Forsyth, who has been ruled out of action with knee ligament damage.

The former Liverpool man has been an ever-present of late, yet the recent addition of Marcus Olsson from Blackburn Rovers may prompt Clement to reshuffle his pack with Warnock the ideal man to make way.

After a heavy outlay on new signings this season, the club now have too many players and the trimming process has already begun with Ryan Shotton and Alex Pearce the first to leave this month.

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