Davies still in for Jones

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Derby manager Billy Davies has confirmed he is still looking to sign Southampton striker Kenwyne Jones.

"We're obviously in discussions, and along with a number of other targets, we're hoping we can conclude some business over the next couple of days."

Davies on Jones

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Jones has been the subject of two unsuccessful bids from The Rams, with the latest a £5million offer which was rejected by the Championship club.

Davies has returned with a third bid for the 22-year-old and is remaining hopeful a deal can be concluded sometime this week.

"We all know a lot more firepower is required at Derby County, and we're working very hard to do that," said Davies.

"That includes Kenwyne Jones. We're obviously in discussions, and along with a number of other targets, we're hoping we can conclude some business over the next couple of days.

"We went back in on Friday to move the discussions forward, so I'm hoping over the course of the next couple of days we've some good news to tell you."

Viafara hint

Davies also has hinted at a possible interest in Jones' Saints team-mate John Viafara after he shone in last season's play-off semi-final between the two sides.

"He is a very good player," the Scot added.

"He did very well against us, caused us a lot of problems with his pace and power, and of course he scored some good goals into the bargain."

Bids for Barnes

Meanwhile, Davies is keen to hang onto young midfielder Giles Barnes, who has attracted attention from a number of clubs including West Ham.

Derby have received bids for Barnes but Davies says they fall well short of their valuation of the talented 19-year-old.

"There has been an improved offer made for Giles, not only from West Ham, but also a number of other clubs," confirmed Davies.

"But their valuation is miles away from where we would consider anything taking place, so as far as I'm concerned, roll on the end of August.

"Hopefully Giles will be with us for the remainder of this season and beyond as a Derby player because I still feel his development must continue here."