Liverpool are to loan Andre Wisdom to Derby as a bargaining chip for Arsenal Manchester City and Manchester United target Will Hughes.

Wisdom - who can play both full-back and centre-back - will be a welcomed addition to Steve McClaren's back line after failing to keep a clean sheet in their last nine games.

McClaren has enjoyed a good start at Pride Park winning twice and drawing once but has seen his side concede seven times already.

County's defensive worries took another set back on Saturday after loanee Zak Whitbread joined Shaun Barker and Mark O’Brien on the list of injured defenders so the Midlands outfit will be desperate for more depth at the back.

The loan deal will also benefit Liverpool in one of two ways; either it serves as a makeweight for a deal for starlet Will Hughes or gives Wisdom valuable first-team experience.

The likes of Arsenal Man City Man Utd and Barcelona are also interested in the England U21 international so Liverpool will have to pull out all the stops to bring the youngster to Anfield.

The 18-year-old who has contributed three goals and two assists for Derby this term made the headlines again at the weekend when his slick pass released Conor Sammon for the match-winner against Watford.