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Derby boss Davies hopes investment search won't stop transfer plans

Derby County boss Billy Davies hopes the club's pursuit of fresh investment won't stop him from spending in the transfer market.

There is the fear that by investing, as Davies demands, but then failing to survive could see Derby plunge into mountains of debt from which they have only just rid themselves.

"The board had their priorities. Clearing the debts off was a priority - no problem," remarked Davies.

"But the debts have been cleared off; (we received) a conservative £50million for the play-off final; average attendances have gone up from 24,000 to 33,000, and we had record season-ticket sales.

"The board have done a wonderful job sorting out the debts of this football club, but hopefully with new investment, that has to go into the playing staff.

"We have come a long way in such a short period of time, but what we have to do now is give everyone encouragement, lift confidence, but most importantly, have a right go.

"I've already said we need six players, and I've identified three of them already. What we will now do is sit and wait to see what happens."

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