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Derby County set to sign George Thorne from West Bromwich Albion today

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 19, 2014

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GEORGE Thorne is expected to sign for Derby County today.

The Rams agreed a deal with West Bromwich Albion last night for the 21-year-old midfielder.

This allowed Derby to discuss personal terms with the player and for him to undergo a medical.

Derby hope to announce his arrival ahead of the friendly against Notts County at Meadow Lane this afternoon, meaning Thorne will travel with the squad to their training camp in Austria tomorrow.

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The news brings an end to the summer transfer saga and will delight fans.

They have been keen for Derby to land the player after he impressed during a loan spell last season.

Thorne made a dozen appearances and helped Steve McClaren’s side finish third in the Championship and reach the play-off final, where they lost to Queens Park Rangers.

The fee is undisclosed.

Derby had two bids rejected last month. The second bid was £1.5m, rising to £2m with add-ons.

Albion also turned down two transfer requests from Thorne, who made it clear he felt his future lay away from the Hawthorns.

He did not fly out to the United States with the Albion squad on Thursday and, at the same time, the Premier League club confirmed it was in talks with Derby over the player.

Derby have already secured midfielders Craig Bryson, Jeff Hendrick and Will Hughes on long-term contracts.

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