Danny Mills has tipped Leeds United to launch a double buy-to-loan swoop for Derby County pair Louie Sibley and Jason Knight.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Whites and England defender suggested the recent history between the clubs may complicate a potential deal.
This site first revealed last week that midfield pair Knight and Sibley are on Leeds’ radar but summer moves may be more likely.
The Sun report Derby are seeking to sell players this month to raise vital funds after they failed to pay the player’s wages in full for December.
Asked by Football Insider whether Derby’s situation may prompt the Yorkshire giants into action this month, Mills said: “I’m sure Leeds United will be looking at that.
“But we all know the relationship between Derby and Leeds isn’t the greatest. Egos and those types of things do come into it. Whether it happens we’ll have to wait and see.
“Obviously Derby have also got their own issues, with Covid issues and those types of things. How many players can they afford to let go at this moment in time when they’re in a relegation battle?
“It might be one of those where they say ‘We buy you, but we loan you back for the rest of the season.’ Maybe one of those types of deals is more likely.
“Again Leeds will have a quiet transfer window this time around.”
Sibley and Knight, both 19, are graduates of Derby’s academy and emerged as regular first-team players last season.
They have now played almost 100 times for the first-team between them and Knight is yet to miss a Championship game this term.