Nigel Clough admits he is interested in signing Johnny Russell, as he looks to add more firepower to his options at Sheffield United.
Clough was the longest-serving Derby County manager in over a decade, before he was sacked in September after four years and eight months following a run of three defeats in eight matches which left the Rams in 14th position in the Championship.
The 47-year-old was out of work for a little under a month, though, as the Blades came calling for him to succeed the sacked David Weir. In his eight League One matches so far, he has led the Bramall Lane club to three wins, three draws and two defeats.
Clough hopes to add to his attacking options when the window reopens, and he will return to familiar territory in a bid to take Russell from Pride Park, having initially bought the Scottish striker to Derby from Dundee United for a fee of £750,000.
“It’s fair to say that he is on the list,” he told the Derby Telegraph. “But he’s not the only one. Johnny has got good qualities but we’ve not spoken with anyone about him yet because the window hasn’t opened. We’ll have to wait and see what happens.”
Since joining the Rams, Russell has started 11 times in the Championship, with another six appearances as a substitute, and has found the back of the net five times. He still has over three years remaining on the contract he signed during the summer.