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Derby County show interest in Bournemouth right-back Simon Francis

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 30, 2014

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DERBY County have shown an interest in Bournemouth's Simon Francis as they search to sign a right back.

But reports that Derby have had two bids for the 29-year-old rejected appear to be wide of the mark.

The Derby Telegraph understands the Rams enquired about Francis around a month ago.

They were told the player was not for sale and there has been no contact between the clubs since.

Adding another right back to the squad is high on head coach Steve McClaren's "to do" list ahead of the new season.

Andre Wisdom filled the position for 38 consecutive games during his loan spell from Liverpool last season.

He has gone back to Liverpool and a return to Derby is looking unlikely, at this stage.

That means the only recognised right back in Derby's squad is Kieron Freeman.

Freeman spent part of last season on loan at Sheffield United and he is wanted by the Blades again.

Francis, born in Nottingham, started his career at Bradford City.

He has also played for Sheffield United, Southend United and Charlton Athletic.

A loan spell at Bournemouth in November turned into a permanent move in January 2012.

He has made 129 appearances in total for the south-coast club including 50 last season.

Derby have also been linked with Wigan Athletic winger James McClean and continue to monitor George Thorne's situation at West Bromwich Albion.

They have had two bids for midfielder rejected but reports of a third offer of £2.5m are premature.

There is also speculation that a "number" of Championship clubs are looking at Rams' Jamie Ward, who is in the final year of his contract.

Meanwhile, the future of Craig Bryson at Derby remains uncertain amid conflicting reports over a "£750,000 clause" in his contract.

Burnley have their sights on the Scottish midfielder while the Rams are keen to discuss a new deal with him.

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