Derby’s incoming new owner hopes to use his family ties to Manchester City to loan their players in January (Image: Sunday Mirror)

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Derby plan to beat the drop in the Championship with some help from money-bags Manchester City.

The Rams are set to be taken over imminently by Sheikh Khaled bin Zayed Al Nehayan.

The Abu Dhabi royal family member is a cousin of Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour.

Derby will be restricted by how much cash they can invest in new players in January due to EFL profit and sustainability rules.

But County's stars are expecting to be boosted by at least two loans from former Premier League champions City.

It could be pivotal to reviving Derby's fortunes after ex-boss Frank Lampard previously guided them into the play-offs in 2019 using Mason Mount , Fikayo Tomori and Harry Wilson on loan.

Successor Phillip Cocu has since loaned defender Matthew Clarke from Brighton for the last two seasons but County still have scope for more additions this term.

Mason Mount excelled on loan at Derby to help turn them into promotion contenders previously
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Cocu left last weekend with Derby rooted to the bottom after just one win amid criticism of his tactics.

But the Dutchman has since sent individual messages to the club's players thanking them.

In his absence the quartet of Wayne Rooney, Liam Rosenior, Shay Given and first-team development coach Justin Walker have been taking training.

MirrorSport understands it has been a collaborative effort and no one individual has yet stamped his authority on decision-making to emerge as the group's leader.

Former Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe is among the targets to be Derby's new manager
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With player-coach and captain Rooney still training with the squad and in line to play at Bristol City on Saturday, Rosenior is the favourite to direct the game from the dug-out.

But the match is in doubt after the Robins closed their training ground until Thursday in the wake of several positive Covid tests.

In the meantime, Derby's incoming sheikh is considering permanent options to replace Cocu.

Former Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe,42, is considered a leading contender after taking the Cherries into the Premier League and keeping them there for five seasons.

But Chelsea legend John Terry,39, currently coaching at Aston Villa as an assistant, is also believed to be in the frame.

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