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Major development emerges in Derby County and Middlesbrough transfer race, medical completed



Derby County are set to deal Middlesbrough a transfer blow and wrap up the signing of experienced Championship forward David McGoldrick, a report has claimed.

As per Football Insider, the 34-year-old completed a medical with the Rams yesterday ahead of the move.

Their report states that although the deal is not done yet, Derby are hopeful it will be finalised soon, dealing a blow to Chris Wilder and Middlesbrough in the process.

McGoldrick has held talks with his former Sheffield United boss over a move to the Riverside Stadium this summer, but it now looks as though he has opted to go elsewhere.

The former Republic of Ireland international was released by Sheffield United at the end of last month upon the expiry of his Blades contract.

That move followed an injury hit campaign last term in which the 34-year-old made just 19 Championship appearances.

The season prior to that, though, the experienced forward netted eight times in the Premier League in a struggling Blades side.

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Phil Jagielka left the club for a transfer fee in January.

The Verdict

This development certainly comes as somewhat of a surprise.

On paper, a move to Middlesbrough seemed the obvious choice for McGoldrick this summer given they are in the Championship and it would see him re-unite with his former boss Chris Wilder.

However, taking a step back from that personal relationship, a move to Derby County may actually be best.

It would likely offer him a much greater chance of playing regular football week in week out, and you can see the 34-year-old bagging a load of goals down in the third tier.

Come this time next season, we could look back at this move as one of the key deals that played a part in Derby earning themselves an immediate return to the Championship.

Freelance writer currently covering all things EFL for Football League World

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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