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Cyrus Christie Linked With Move As Derby Sign Andre Wisdom From Liverpool

Cyrus Christie Linked With Move As Derby Sign Andre Wisdom From Liverpool

Republic of Ireland defender Cyrus Christie could be set to leave Pride Park this summer as Derby County confirmed the signing of former Liverpool full-back Andre Wisdom on Monday afternoon.

The fee Derby paid is believed to be in the region of £3m, and is the second defender to arrive at the club this summer after Curtis Davies [via BBC].

Derby County have completed the signing of Liverpool defender Andre Wisdom on a four-year contract.

An undisclosed initial fee believed to be around £3m had already been agreed for the 24-year-old, who played 38 games on loan with the Rams in the 2013-14 season.

The arrival of Wisdom for his second spell at Derby could see Cyrus Christie leave the club if not guaranteed football, and GetWestLondon.co.uk have suggested that two Championship clubs will try to bring him in.

Both Queens Park Rangers and Reading are expected to make a move in the coming weeks.

QPR are set to do battle with play-off finalists Reading for Derby County defender Cyrus Christie.

The 24-year-old is thought to be deemed surplus to requirements at Pride Park after the recent acquisition of Andre Wisdom from Liverpool.

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Christie had publicly hit-out at Derby fans for criticising his decision to express his belief that he was the best right-back in the Championship towards the end of last season, after some responded negatively following what they called an inconsistent campaign.

For Ireland, Christie has seen a lot more action since the unfortunate injury to Seamus Coleman, and was outstanding in a goal-scoring performance against Uruguay last month, although his performance in the qualifier against Austria seemed to split opinion among Irish fans.

There's little doubt that Christie would be a great signing for either QPR or Reading, but it will be interesting to see if Christie is keen on what would essentially be a side-ways move at this point in his career, despite Reading so nearly securing Premier League promotion last season.

Then again, if Gary Rowett has chosen Andre Wisdom as his starting right back, he will surely be looking for a new club.

Mikey Traynor

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