Interest high in Bailey

Second tier clubs continue to track transfer-listed midfielder

James Bailey: Has been made available by Derby after slipping down the pecking order

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Sky Sports understands that Derby midfielder James Bailey continues to attract plenty of interest from within the Championship.

Rams boss Nigel Clough has made the 23-year-old available for transfer, as he attempts to shake things up at Pride Park.

Barnsley are known to have shot admiring glances in Bailey's direction, but they are by no means the only second tier club to have pondered an approach.

It is understood that Crystal Palace and Brighton are also weighing up the merits of a move for a versatile and proven Football League performer.

Bailey has spent the last two years on Derby's books, but slipped down the pecking order last season due to the fine form of Craig Bryson and Jeff Hendrick.

He is a product of the famed academy system at Crewe Alexandra and would appear to still have his best years ahead of him.