Derby County close in on Liverpool defender

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Championship outfit Derby County are closing in on Liverpool defender Andre Wisdom in a deal that could potentially rise to £4 million, BBC Radio Derby understands.

The 24-year-old had a loan spell with the Rams during the 2013/14 season making 38 appearances during Steve McClaren’s first spell in charge where the club narrowly missed out on promotion by losing the play-off final to Queens Park Rangers.

Derby are set to pay an initial £2m for Wisdom rising to £4m if certain clauses are met.

The Leeds-born defender progressed through the youth ranks at Anfield after joining from Bradford City in January 2008 and scored on his debut in a 5-3 win over Young Boys in the Europa League in September 2012 but he failed to cement a place in the first-team picture.

As well as Derby, the former England U21 international had loan spells at West Bromwich Albion, Norwich City and most recently Red Bull Salzburg where he won the Austrian Bundesliga and the Austrian Cup.

Rams boss Gary Rowett has already bolstered his defensive options in recent weeks with the signing of Curtis Davies from Hull City as he looks to mount a promotion push next season.

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Elsewhere it has been reported that Derby have turned down a £7.2m offer from Premier League side Huddersfield Town for attacking midfielder Tom Ince.

It has been rumoured that the newly-promoted Terriers had wanted Ince on loan with a view to a permanent move should they stay in the top-flight but it has now been suggested that they have put an offer on the table which has been rejected by the Rams.

The former Liverpool trainee, who scored 14 goals and created eight last season, is valued at around £10m and now Town are considering making a new offer closer to the value.

Rowett has admitted that one or two attacking players may leave this summer in order to give his squad a better balance.