Report: Derby plotting loan bid for Wolves' Ben Marshall

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.

Derby County are hoping that Championship rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers will loan them Ben Marshall.

Ben Marshall of Wolverhampton during the Sky Bet Championship match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Wigan Athletic at Molineux on February 14, 2017 in Wolverhampton, England.

According to a report from The Sun on Sunday (print edition; 26th November 2017; page 69), Derby are keeping a keen eye on Wolves winger Ben Marshall in the hope of potentially securing a January loan deal for the 26-year-old.

Marshall only joined Wolves during the last January window, but the utility man - who was signed during Paul Lambert's tenure at Molineux - does not appear to be particularly high on current boss Nuno Espirito Santo's pecking order this term.

Wolves manager Nuno Espírito Santo looks on during the pre-season friendly match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leicester City at Molineux on July 29, 2017 in Wolverhampton, England.

The former Blackburn Rovers man has made just six appearances all season for the Championship leaders, but has made just one start with a further five appearances coming from the bench.

And it appears that he may be in line for a temporary move away in January, with The Sun on Sunday (print edition; 26th November 2017; page 69) reporting that Gary Rowett is interested in bringing him to Pride Park.

The Sun on Sunday reports that a loan deal is likely to be offered if Derby make their move, and that would arguably be a decent piece of business for the Rams if they managed to get a deal across the line.

Gary Rowett manager of Derby County looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Hull City at iPro Stadium on September 8, 2017 in Derby, England.

Marshall is capable of playing virtually anywhere on either flank, so may be a good player to have as squads get stretched as the season continues.

And with Wolves showing little weakness in their quest for the second tier title and automatic-promotion to the Premier League, it does not appear that Nuno's men will suffer too much from letting Marshall leave Molineux for a short period - especially if Marshall is able to help Derby take points off the sides trying to catch Wolves.

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