Wigan Athletic defender Emerson Thome has joined Coca-Cola Championship side Derby County on loan for a month.
The 33-year-old joined the Latics at the start of last season following his release from Bolton. He made 14 appearances as the club went on to gain promotion to the Barclays Premiership but the Brazilian has been restricted this term to just two appearances, both in the Carling Cup.
The move means the former Chelsea, Sheffield Wednesday and Sunderland defender rejoins Rams manager Phil Brown, whom he worked with at Bolton. n Stoke City are looking into the possibility of forging a working relationship with Belgian club Anderlecht.
Potters boss Johan Boskamp won three titles as Anderlecht manager in the 1990s and has taken midfielders Martin Kolar and Junior on-loan from the Champions League outfit. n Southampton youngster Dexter Blackstock has joined Championship rivals Derby on a month's loan, while Ipswich Town manager Joe Royle has offered Norwegian midfielder Vemund Brekke Skard a contract until the summer of 2007.