The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Clive Mar­shall

DERBY man­ager Steve McClaren would love to get striker Chris Martin back from Ful­ham – but can’t see it hap­pen­ing.

McClaren’s pre­de­ces­sor, Nigel Pearson, loaned Martin to Ful­ham for the sea­son.

Ful­ham can make the move per­ma­nent next month and the only way Martin can re­turn to Derby is if all three par­ties agree.

McClaren said: “Un­less Ful­ham have had enough of him or he has had enough of Ful­ham, I re­ally don’t know how it is pos­si­ble.

“He is do­ing a good job for them and they are very pleased with him, so he is go­ing to be a big player for Ful­ham.

“The loan is some­thing that hap­pened at the be­gin­ning of the sea­son but it is strange that he is still our player and yet he is play­ing for a ri­val.

“Man­agers have to make de­ci­sions and, prob­a­bly, it was un­der­stand­able at that time but I have the high­est re­gard for Chrissy, as ev­ery­body knows.”

County are lin­ing-up a £500,000 Jan­uary of­fer for the 22-year-old Hearts’ Scot­land in­ter­na­tional full-back Cal­lum Pater­son.

Pater­son, who has played five times for Scot­land, is out of con­tract at the end of the sea­son.

ON LOAN: Chris Martin

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