​Derby County have confirmed that manager Gary Rowett has signed a new contract with the Rams despite heavy links with a move to struggling ​Premier League side Stoke City.

Having parted ways with former boss Mark Hughes after the Potters' FA Cup defeat to Coventry City on the weekend, rumours have emerged that ​the club were favouring a move for the Derby manager, who has led his side to second in the ​Championship table this season.

However, with ​Derby having claimed that they would reject any approach for the man, the club have taken their actions one step further and tied him down to a deal that will keep him at the club until 2021.

Now slumped in 18th place in England's top flight - four points from the foot of the table - Stoke are without a manager as mid-January approaches, leaving little time for anyone who takes the reigns to make the most of the transfer window.

The Guardian claim that Stoke's next option will be that of Martin O'Neill, who is currently in charge of the Republic of Ireland national team. 

O'Neill has vast experience in the Premier League, having taken charge of the likes of ​Leicester and ​Aston Villa in the top flight, as well as his most recent stint before moving to international management with ​Sunderland.

While there is no way that ​Stoke would've booted Hughes with no replacement in mind, the club will be desperate to appoint his successor as soon as possible.