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Blackburn Rovers, Birmingham City and Derby County join hunt for 21-cap star, ‘relatively modest’ fee already set

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A number of Championship clubs are plotting a summer move for Stephen O’Donnell after a clause in his contract was revealed, according to reports from the Daily Mail.

The Motherwell full-back has attracted plenty of attention following an impressive performance for Scotland in their 0-0 draw against England at Wembley on Friday evening.

O’Donnell was a surprise inclusion in Steve Clarke’s starting XI but really impressed with a sound defensive display and a fierce effort that forced Jordan Pickford into a crucial save during the first half of the match.

As a result several clubs in the EFL are taking an interest in his situation, including the likes of Derby County, Birmingham City, Blackburn Rovers, Blackpool and Barnsley.

O’Donnell started his youth career with Aberdeen and Celtic before establishing himself as one of the Scottish Premiership’s most reliable full-backs with Partick Thistle, Kilmarnock and now Motherwell.

He also enjoyed a two-year spell in the EFL with Luton Town between 2015 and 2017 before heading back to Scotland.

With O’Donnell’s transfer fee already set due to the clause in his contract, it seems that the the interested clubs could be set to go head-to-head to get the deal done with the Daily Mail describing the exit clause as ‘relatively modest’.

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The verdict

This is going to be a really interesting transfer saga to keep an eye on.

Stephen O’Donnell was really impressive for Scotland against England on Friday night but that performance was just the latest in a string of consistent displays for club and country.

With a release clause in play it means that clubs in the Championship could be very tempted by the opportunity to bring the player to England, with the 29-year-old likely to bring real experience and consistency with him.

It remains to be seen whether he’ll move on but with so many clubs said to be keen it’ll be worth keeping an eye on.


North East-based EFL writer and aspiring author

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