Derby County boss calls for re-inforcements ahead of Peterborough United clash, Kanu could soon be back in the Football League and Tshimanga sell-on clause details

Derby County manager Paul Warne has called for re-inforcements ahead of their League One clash at Peterborough United on Saturday.
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The Rams have been hit by injuries to three key players including former Posh promotion hero Joe Ward. Ward has been playing as a wing-back for Derby following his summer move away from London Road, but faces two months on the sidelines with a heel injury.

Fellow wing-back Kane Wilson and influential midfielder Max Bird are other Derby players facing long lay-offs.

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The pre-season title favourites have made a stuttering start to the season with wins against lowly Burton Albion and Fleetwood, but home defeats to in-form pair Wigan Athletic and Oxford United.

Paul Warne (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)Paul Warne (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
Paul Warne (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Warne doesn’t believe his current squad are good enough to win automatic promotion.

Speaking to the BBC after Saturday’s 1-0 win against Fleetwood, Warne said: “The team is giving their all and I'm not criticising it, but if I'm critiquing it, it's not a top-three team, that is my honest truth.

"Hopefully we'll have a midfielder in soon and then we will try and get another one. We need another right wing-back, which is disappointing, so we're trying to get that and we still need something else up top.

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"We need a bit of pace to make us a better team and the club are supporting me,”

Idris Kanu (left) in his Posh days. Photo: Joe Dent/ Kanu (left) in his Posh days. Photo: Joe Dent/
Idris Kanu (left) in his Posh days. Photo: Joe Dent/

Elsewhere former Posh player Idris Kanu could make a return to the Football League before the transfer window closes on August 31.

Kanu, a Sierra Leone international, has impressed in an advanced forward role for current National League leaders Barnet.

Barnet reportedly turned down two six-figure bids from Football League clubs for a player they signed from Posh just under 12 months ago.

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Meanwhile Chesterfield will receive 25% of any profit Posh make on the sale of striker Kabongo Tshimanga according to the Derbsyhire Times.

Posh signed the 25 year-old for a reported £250k in the summer. Wrexham are undestood to be one of two clubs who have bid for Tshimanga in the last fortnight.