DERBY County have this afternoon completed the loan signing of Liverpool defender Andre Wisdom on a season-long youth loan deal.
The England Under-21 international, who has made three appearances for the Reds’ first-team this season, will be in line to make his debut for the Rams in this Saturday’s Championship encounter against Birmingham City at Pride Park.
The defender had been trailed by a host of Championship clubs before putting pen-to-paper on a temporary move to Derby, and head coach Steve McClaren admitted he was delighted to bolster his defensive options with the signing of the Liverpool youngster.
He said: “Andre is a very good and a promising player who we’re delighted to welcome to Derby County.
“Liverpool obviously think a lot of him but he’s at the stage of his development where he needs to play some first-team games, and we’re delighted they see Derby as the place to do that.
“We’ve had a few injuries in defence of late and Andre will bring extra qualities as well as more competition for places, which is always welcome.”
Despite being widely regarded as a hot prospect at Anfield, Reds manager Brendan Rodgers was eager for the player to continue his education with regular first-team football – and he has selected Steve McClaren’s side as the best place for his development.
Leeds-born Wisdom is a graduate of the Liverpool academy which has produced a number of top stars in recent years, including England captain Steven Gerrard.