Derby County are looking at bringing in Chelsea’s Tariq Uwakwe to bolster the Rams’ midfield for the second part of the season, it is claimed.
According to The Sun, the starlet could be moving to Pride Park on loan until the end of the season in order to seek more first-team football.
The move comes as the board at Derby have announced they are willing to back Phillip Cocu following a poor start to the season on and off the field.
The Derby board are said to have real sympathy for Cocu due to the Tom Lawrence and Mason Bennett car crash saga which led to the serious injury of club captain Richard Keogh.
Uwakwe was on the radar of West Brom last season – with the Baggies having a bid turned down by Chelsea for the midfielder in January 2019.
Chelsea had turned down the bid as it involved an option to buy clause, something the Blues were set against as they see a future for Uwakwe at Stamford Bridge.
The Rams will be looking to cash in on their good working relationship with Chelsea by arranging a half-season loan.
Chelsea first-team regulars Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori spent last season on loan at Derby under the management of the current Chelsea boss Frank Lampard.
The Chelsea influence left an impression on the Pride Park faithful, with Tomori winning the club’s Player of the Year award and Lampard’s side reaching the play-off final.
Although Lampard traded the east Midlands club for Stamford Bridge in the summer, both parties have since openly spoke of a great professional relationship.
Chelsea may not owe the Rams any resources but reports suggest the Blues are willing to establish a loan network between their academy graduates and Derby.
Uwakwe is a versatile midfielder on the fringes of the Chelsea side – making six appearances for Chelsea’s team in Premier League 2.
A loan move would benefit all parties, with Chelsea and Uwakwe receiving valuable game time and Derby acquiring the temporary services of a hungry and talented prospect.
The midfielder is described as strong, good on the ball and with an excellent work rate – something that could compliment the game of new recruit Wayne Rooney.
The 20-year-old penned a new three-year deal at Chelsea last summer and is tipped to rise to the very top.
The midfielder just lacks the experience at senior level – something that Derby are expected to provide.