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Rams chase hots up for keeper Legzdins

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 30, 2011

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DERBY County are set to face a battle from several Championship rivals to sign Burton Albion goalkeeper Adam Legzdins.

Brewers boss Paul Peschisolido revealed the Rams’ interest in the 24-year-old on Saturday and Derby are understood to have lodged a formal offer with Albion.

But there are several other clubs showing serious interest in the former Crewe Alexandra man and bids could be forthcoming this week.

Albion chairman Ben Robinson has met with Legzdins’ agent and is expecting further offers for the talented keeper — but wants negotiations to be kept private until they are resolved.

He said: “When I read the story on Saturday, it (being made public) came as a bit of surprise.

“The situation with the goalkeeper is such that we’ve had a number of clubs showing interest in him.

“At the present time, discussions taking place are in strict confidence and we need to see what is ultimately resolved.”

Derby have been closely watching Legzdins, a former Birmingham City youth player, since he signed for the Brewers in the summer after his release by Crewe.

Rams goalkeeping coach and former Burton keeper Martin Taylor has been seen at the Pirelli Stadium on several occasions and Legzdins is thought to be one of the club’s top summer targets.

Derby boss Nigel Clough has already signed Blackburn Rovers keeper Frank Fielding for a fee thought to be in the region of £400,000 after a highly successful loan spell.

But former No. 1 Stephen Bywater will likely be sold this summer, leaving the Rams in need of another keeper.

Although they have ex-Burton stopper Saul Deeney, the 28-year-old is out with a shoulder injury until September.

The only other keepers at the club are youngsters Ross Atkins and James Severn.

Neither is experienced enough to step up and be Fielding’s No2, with Legzdins seen as perfect by the Pride Park staff as a back-up and to push for a first-team place.

Legzdins’ possible departure from the Pirelli would leave Peschisolido in need of another goalkeeper — with Atkins, 21, a very promising former England Under-19 stopper, a possibility as a makeweight in the deal.

He previously spent a month on loan with the Brewers in January, 2010, but did not make an appearance.

Meanwhile, Aberdeen striker Chris Maguire, 22, is expected to become a Derby player this week.

Dons boss Craig Brown confirmed at the weekend that a deal worth just under £400,000 was looking likely.

He said: “It looks as though he’ll go to Derby.

“It has not been confirmed because he’s away with the national team.

“But I’m sure that when he comes back, a medical will be undertaken.

“He’ll have no bother passing that, I’m sure, and the transfer will go through.

“I think the compensation comes to just under £400,000.

That’s to be confirmed.”

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