Jewell expects more signings for Derby
Derby manager Paul Jewell may already have been one of the busiest managers in the transfer window but he insists his Pride Park January rebuilding job is by no means over.
Jewell has already brought in Danny Mills, Robbie Savage, Emanuel Villa and Laurent Robert to bolster the Barclays Premier League's bottom side but today confirmed further arrivals are imminent.
Australia international Mile Sterjovski is due to fly in for talks, while the Rams boss also hopes to tie up deals for Tottenham midfielder Hossam Ghaly and Rangers goalkeeper Roy Carroll in time for Saturday's home match against former side Wigan.
Derby must wait for all the necessary paperwork to be completed before Ghaly can sign, while ex-Manchester United goalkeeper Carroll will only be allowed to leave Ibrox once the Gers have signed a replacement.
'We are waiting on a work permit for Hossam,' Jewell explained.
'I have been in contact with (Rangers manager) Walter Smith for quite a while about Roy.
'He is hopeful over concluding a deal for another goalkeeper which would enable us to take Roy.
'They are both very decent players. If we can get them in the building it adds to what we've got already and we're starting to look a bit stronger.
'Both deals are done as far as the players' terms are concerned.'
But any move for Sterjovski, who plays his football in Turkey for Genclerbirligi Oftasspor, would not come in time for him to face the Latics.
'We are hoping the lad has arrived today from Turkey and we can get things done,' Jewell said.
'He will have to go back to Turkey to get his work permit, so there's no chance of him featuring this weekend.'
The 28-year-old has scored five times for the Socceroos and the Rams boss revealed his versatility could prove a major asset.
'He played in the World Cup for Australia on the wide right, he can play up front, he has good energy, is a good footballer and he will add something to the team,' he said.
'The squad is now looking a bit stronger than it was a while ago and we will continue to strengthen.
'It's an exciting time, a difficult time because we are bottom of the league but there's a positive feeling about the place that hopefully we can get a result on Saturday and build from that.'
However, the Derby manager warned fans not to assume immediate wholesale changes will be made despite the Rams' miserable record of just one league victory all season.
'There are a lot of factors you have to take into consideration,' he added.
'Six players is an awful lot of players to put into the team at one time so we we'll have to see how we go in training.
'It's not ideal with less than 48 hours to the game not quite knowing what my team is, I like to know my team on a Thursday but we haven't been afforded that luxury.'
He added: 'I think some players settle in very quick, some players don't settle in for a while.
'I think as long as the supporters see the players giving their best they put up with that. Given a fair run at it this team will be better in a month than it is now.'