Derby County are reportedly among a number of Championship clubs interested in signing Scotland international Stephen O’Donnell this summer.
The Lowdown: O’Donnell impresses for Scotland
The 29-year-old is currently playing at Euro 2020, impressing in the Tartan Army’s 0-0 draw with England on Friday night as he won two tackles and helped his team to a clean sheet, shacking Raheem Sterling throughout.
The right-back bounced back from a below-par showing against the Czech Republic in Scotland’s opener, showing quality and consistency out wide at Wembley four days later.
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The Latest: Derby linked with move
O’Donnell’s form has seemingly caught the eye of a host of clubs, with the Daily Mail claiming that Derby are one of those interested in a move for the defender.
Birmingham City, Blackpool, Blackburn Rovers and Barnsley are all mentioned in the report too as a potential battle to sign the Motherwell man begins to brew.
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O’Donnell could be a solid acquisition for Derby, possessing a wealth of experience (377 club career appearances) and representing his country at a major tournament.
While he might not necessarily be the most flamboyant footballer, he is a safe pair of hands, averaging 1.3 tackles and 1.4 interceptions per game in the Scottish Premiership last season.
O’Donnell’s ability to play at both right-back and right wing-back could also appeal to Wayne Rooney as the Derby manager looks to build a side capable of pushing towards the play-off positions in 2021/22.
In other news, one Derby player is reportedly in talks with another club over a summer move. Find out who it is here.
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