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Derby County set to begin talks with ex-Premier League player

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Derby County are set to hold talks with former Crystal Palace and Cardiff midfielder Joe Ledley, according to reports by the BBC.

The 30-year-old has been a free agent since his contract expired with the Eagles in June, with no summer deal materialising for the Welsh international.

However Derby are now willing to sit down and thrash out terms with the player, who is eligible to sign outside of the transfer window due to his status as a non-contracted player.

The Cardiff born man has over 500 appearances to his name since he made his debut with hometown club Cardiff City in 2004, including 73 caps for the Welsh national team.

A box-to-box midfielder with the ability to get onto the score-sheet, Derby boss Gary Rowett appears keen to add the player’s services to his already talented roster.

The Rams have endured a disappointing start to the new campaign, and lie in 15th place with just three wins from their opening seven fixtures, including a heavy 4-1 defeat to Bristol City in their last encounter.

The Verdict

The signing of Ledley is exactly the boost Derby need right now, and it is a real surprise that Rowett did not swoop for the player sooner.

The experienced midfielder will be a welcome addition to the squad at Pride Park, and should slot seamlessly into the middle of the park alongside the likes of Bradley Johnson and Tom Huddlestone.

Derby have an impressive squad on paper and need to start turning their talent into results, and the recruitment of Ledley will only help their promotion chase this term.

Rams fans, is Ledley the right signing for your side?


ScoopDragon Football News Network

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