Derby County chief executive Tom Glick has said the Rams are close to appointing a director of football.
Glick has previously talked of the club's intention to bring in another person to assist manager Nigel Clough as part of the backroom set-up.
And Glick told BBC Radio Derby: "There are a number of high-quality candidates interested and excited about this club and this opportunity.
"I am encouraged and expect to make that appointment in the coming weeks."
Glick added: "But we're not in a rush to do it, it's a long-term appointment to improve us.
"It's not slowed us down on this window at all, we have been preparing for this window for some time. But it is an important addition for the football club."