Clough’s at front of the queue for striker Clark

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS - By Neil Fissler

DERBY COUNTY have joined a clutch of clubs who are in­ter­ested in sign­ing Queen of the South goal ma­chine Nicky Clark.

Rams boss Nigel Clough has had his scouts north of the bor­der check out the 21-year-old, who is the lead­ing scorer in the United King­dom this sea­son.

Clark, the son of Doon­hamers as­sis­tant boss and for­mer Glas­gow Rangers star Sandy, has scored 40 goals for the Scot­tish Sec­ond Di­vi­sion cham­pi­ons this sea­son.

Clough is set to re­vamp his squad this sum­mer and is keen on Clark, whose goal tally has come in 45 ap­pear­ances, but faces mas­sive com­pe­ti­tion.

Rangers are keen on sign­ing him but they can­not buy play­ers un­til Jan­uary 2014 be­cause of a trans­fer em­bargo.

SPL out­fits Mother­well and Aberdeen are also in­ter­ested but would strug­gle to match the per­sonal terms he could be of­fered at Pride Park.

Sh­effield United were in­ter­ested but it’s thought that has cooled af­ter Danny Wil­son lost his job as Blades boss.

That could play into the hands of Clough, who would only have to see off the in­ter­est of clubs in Scot­land to land the highly-rated star­let.

Clark is ex­pected to sit down and ex­plore all of the op­tions that are open to him within the next cou­ple of weeks be­fore mak­ing a de­ci­sion on where he is play­ing next sea­son. MID­DLES­BOR­OUGH are keep­ing tabs on MK Dons’ North­ern Ire­land un­der-21 in­ter­na­tional Tom Flana­gan.

The 21-year-old caught the eye ear­lier in the sea­son dur­ing a loan spell at Gilling­ham and was watched by at least one other Cham­pi­onship club to­wards the end of the cam­paign.

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