​With the recent transfer of young English prospect Will Hughes to Watford, Derby County are looking to fill in the void left behind in their midfield. 


Reports from various sources suggested that Derby were set to buy Stoke City's Irish midfielder Glenn Whelan to tighten the midfield. 


But the ​Derby Telegraph understands that it is highly unlikely that the 33-year-old will join the Rams despite earlier transfer speculations. 

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Whelan was linked to both Derby County and Championship rivals Aston Villa in recent weeks with reports of a transfer fee set at £1m for the Irishman; a price only £500k more than when he originally joined Stoke in 2008.


Derby said they would further their interest in the Stoke midfielder once Will Hughes has left their club. Following Hughes' departure, Derby have their eyes set elsewhere. 

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They were also linked in a move for Crystal Palace's Welsh international Joe Ledley who is now a free agent after being released by the Eagles. 


Statistically speaking Ledley has an average tackle success rate of 71% with a total of 144 tackles made in the Premier League.

His strength with ball recovery as he has retain the ball a total of 365 times and has won 302 duels.


Glenn Whelan on the other hand heavily outweighs Ledley's stats as his recovery number stands at 1528 with 982 duels won. Passing is his strongest attribute as the Irishman has made 11,241 passes with 12 assists for Stoke.