Derby County are lining up a loan move for Chelsea startlet Nathan Ake, as cover for long term injury absentee George Thorne.

19-year-old Ake is a Dutchman that can play at the back or in midfield. If he were to sign for the Rams McClaren is expected to utilise the player in the defensive midfield role.

The versatile player has featured in Chelsea’s pre-season game but boss Jose Mourinho is thought to be keen on a loan move for the youngster.

McClaren’s good work with Chelsea’s Patrick Bamford during a loan spell last season puts Derby in prime position for the signing, with Mourinho believed to be more than happy for Derby to take the player.

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