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Derby sign Jack Butland on one-month loan from Stoke

Derby have signed England Under-21 international goalkeeper Jack Butland on a one-month loan deal from Stoke.

England U21 goalkeeper Jack Butland Credit: PA

Rams head coach Steve McClaren has made a move for Butland following an injury to first-choice keeper Lee Grant, who will be out for between four and six weeks after sustaining an ankle problem during Saturday's 3-0 win at Reading.

The 21-year-old is set to make his debut for Derby in their Sky Bet Championship fixture against Blackpool at Bloomfield Road on Tuesday night.

"We're extremely pleased to welcome Jack Butland to Derby County and I would like to extend our thanks to Stoke City for agreeing to let him join us on loan," McClaren told his club's official website.

"Jack is a promising young goalkeeper and after Lee Grant picked up an injury on Saturday, as a management team, we quickly set about identifying someone to come into the group.

"We know a lot about Jack and he is someone who Eric Steele (Derby's goalkeeping coach) rates very highly."

Butland is behind Asmir Begovic and Thomas Sorensen in the pecking order at Stoke and City boss Mark Hughes has been keen to get him out on loan.

The England Under-21 captain will now get some valuable minutes under his belt in the second tier - as he has done during the last two seasons at Birmingham, Barnsley and more recently Leeds.

Butland joined Stoke from Birmingham in January 2013 for a fee of just over £3 million. He has started three Premier League matches for the Potters.

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Derby prove too strong for Carlisle in League Cup tie

Jeff Hendrick (2nd right) celebrates putting Derby ahead Credit: Dave Howarth/EMPICS Sport

Derby County proved they were too strong for Carlisle United, coming out 2-0 winers at Brunton Park in their Capital One Cup first round tie.

Despite controlling large parts of the game, it took a set piece after the hour mark to put Derby ahead - Jeff Hendrick heading in from close range after a corner was flicked on.

Carlisle threatened to come back into it, without really putting Derby goalkeeper Lee Grant under pressure. But the win was sealed by last season's top scorer Chris Martin with a smart volley.

That makes Derby the first side through to the second round in this season's competition.

League Cup half time: Carlisle United 0-0 Derby County

Derby's Craig Bryson battles with former-Ram Paul Thirlwell Credit: Dave Howarth/EMPICS Sport

At half time in tonight's Capital One Cup tie, Carlisle United are holding Derby County to a 0-0 scoreline.

Derby controlled long periods of the game, without troubling the home goalkeeper, Mark Gillespie.

And three big chances after the half-hour mark could easily have put Derby in front, but saves from Gillespie kept two of the attempts out, and Derby's usually-prolific Chris Martin hit the bar in the last minute, when he should have done better.

Derby make two changes for cup tie at Carlisle

Derby County have made two changes from Saturday for tonight's Capital One Cup tie against Carlisle United at Brunton Park.

Defender Jake Buxton has been rested after only recently recovering from injury, with former Leicester player Zak Whitbreak taking his place. Winger Jamie Ward also comes in for Johnny Russell.

Derby will also face midfielder Paul Thirlwell, who played at the club for two years from 2005.

Derby County sign Real Madrid midfielder on loan

Derby County have signed a 21-year-old midfielder from Spanish giants Real Madrid on a season-long loan.

Omar Mascarell was given a guided tour of the club's facilities this morning, before putting pen-to-paper.

He has been used as a holding midfielder for Real Madrid Castilla (Real Madrid's B team), and is described on Real Madrid’s official website as "a thinker, the brain of Castilla. He is a natural organiser and technically gifted".

We’re delighted that we have been able to bring Omar Mascarell to Derby County on a season-long loan deal.

He is a talented young player and I have monitored his progress for a number of years after first coming to my attention whilst in Holland at Twente.

Our Head of Football Operations Chris Evans has worked tirelessly to get this deal over the line and spent a few days in Spain thrashing out a deal with Real Madrid.

We would like to thank Real Madrid for allowing Omar to spend the season with us and looking forward to working with him.

– Steve McClaren on dcfc.co.uk
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