Derby put Pompey loan star up for sale

Chris Maguire scored a cracker in Pompey's 2-2 derby draw at St Mary's   Picture: Barry Zee
Chris Maguire scored a cracker in Pompey's 2-2 derby draw at St Mary's Picture: Barry Zee
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Chris Maguire has been put up for sale by Derby.

The Scottish striker was tremendously impressive during a 10-game loan spell at Pompey at the end of the season.

But after returning to Pride Park, he has been deemed surplus to requirements by Nigel Clough, barely 12 months after arriving at the Championship side.

Maguire is one of five players Derby are looking to cash in on as they attempt to raise money for transfers this summer.

Clough, however, would be keen to recoup much of the £400,000 in compensation they paid to Aberdeen for Maguire last summer.

That is likely to rule out any prospect of a return to Fratton Park considering the Blues’ financial situation.

It is understood Derby’s desire to boost their transfer kitty would also rule out the option of a loan deal anywhere.

That is unless there are still no permanent offers closer to next season.

In the meantime, Maguire joins James Bailey, Miles Addison, Lee Croft and Steve Davies, who has rejected a new deal, in being available for transfer.

Rams boss Clough said: ‘Chris Maguire had a good month or two at Portsmouth and so that helped his profile.

‘Miles and Crofty have not really featured for us in the past season and have a year left on their contracts, so it stands to reason with things being a bit tight that we cannot carry too many on the fringes of the squad.

‘And James Bailey falls into that category a little bit as well because he has got a year left on his contract.’

Maguire hit three goals during his time on the south coast, including a stunning strike in the 2-2 derby draw at Southampton.

The Scot became a big Fratton favourite during his loan spell, scoring three goals in the process.

Yet he remains fifth-choice striker for the Rams.

With Clough seeking to raise funds, he has decided Maguire is a player he can afford to be without.

The Derby manager has earmarked bringing in three or four new signings to bolster his squad.