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Derby keen to keep Fulham defender Stoor

October 20, 2009
By Soccernet staff

Derby County are hoping to extend the loan of Fulham defender Fredrik Stoor, manager Nigel Clough has confirmed.

Fredrik Stoor
GettyImagesFredrik Stoor joined Fulham in the summer of 2008.

Stoor joined The Rams on loan for a month on September 29 and his stay at Pride Park is due to end following the visit of QPR at the weekend.

Having twisted his ankle during a 0-0 draw with Leicester City on Saturday though, Stoor may miss that game and if the problem proves to be a troublesome one then Clough may look to delay negotiations with the Premier League club.

But it appears Stoor will be in demand whether injured or not as Clough is a firm admirer of the 25-year-old right back.

"So long as Freddie is going to be fit a week after that game, we will look to extend the loan because he has settled in and done very well indeed," said Clough. "There are only two games after QPR so if he is going to be fit for those, we will extend the loan.

"If he is going to be doubtful, then there will not be much point. We would then try to pick it up after the international break in November.

"Freddie looks very comfortable on the ball and he is quick. We needed a little bit more pace in the side and even at right-back, it helps. I think he has improved as each game has gone on. His ankle has reduced in size since Saturday. It was badly swollen after the Leicester game."