Derby are confident of agreeing a new deal with star midfielder Kris Commons.
Commons, who joined Derby from Nottingham Forest in 2008, is in the final year of his contract at Pride Park.
The Rams have held initial talks with Commons and his agent about a new deal and they are hopeful of sorting out his long-term future.
Derby executive chairman Tom Glick insists the club are determined to keep hold of the Scottish international.
"We had discussions with Kris and his agent in the summer and all parties agreed to leave it until after the transfer window closed," Glick told the Derby Evening Telegraph.
"We are now at that point. We are conscious he is in his final year and we are delighted he says his future is at Derby County.
"I think we know if Kris can stay fit then he is a game-changer.
"He has shown a great willingness to help himself stay fit. We expect to be speaking to him about his future."