Derby County are entering to the race to sign Stoke City midfielder Glenn Whelan, according to the Daily Mail.
The 33-year-old has appeared all set to move to Aston Villa, with manager Steve Bruce tracking the Irishman since the end of the season with the hope of the securing a deal for Whelan before pre-season kicks in.
However, it now appears that Gary Rowett and Derby have joined the chase to sign Whelan, giving the former Sheffield Wednesday man a decision to make about the next step in his career.
Whelan has been with Stoke since 2008 when he made the move from the Owls as a 24-year-old relative unknown, but has since gone on to become a regular both in the Premier League and on the international scene.
He has 81 caps for his country and just shy of 450 career appearances as a player, including nearly 300 in the Premier League.
Derby are looking for new additions this summer as they look to mount a challenge for the playoffs following last season’s disappointing campaign which saw them sack two managers and fall short of the race for the top six.
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