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Derby sign George Thorne from West Brom

George Thorne
George Thorne. Credit: PA

Derby have signed midfielder George Thorne from West Brom for an undisclosed fee.

The 21-year-old has penned a four-year deal with the Rams having helped them reach the Championship play-off final last season while on loan.

Derby boss Steve McClaren told the club website: "We're really pleased that George Thorne has joined us on a permanent basis.

"I am sure the fans will be delighted to welcome him back and we're equally pleased that he sees Derby County as the right place for him at this point of his career.

"It's taken a lot of hard work for us to get to this stage but I think it says a lot about where we are at as a club that we've been able to bring someone like George in permanently."

Baggies in talks over Thorne sale

West Brom have confirmed they are in discussions with Derby over the possible sale of George Thorne.

Albion are due to fly out to America on Thursday for a pre-season training camp in California, but Thorne will remain in the Midlands while talks between the two clubs take place.

If a deal can not be agreed then the midfielder will link up with the rest of Alan Irvine's squad at a later date.

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Teams announced for play off final

Derby County: Grant, Wisdom, Forsyth, Thorne, Keogh, Buxton, Hendrick, Hughes, Martin, Russell, Ward.

Subs: Bryson, Eustace, Sammon, Legzdins, Whitbread, Dawkins, Bamford.

QPR: Green, Simpson, Hill, Barton, Onuoha, Dunne, Doyle, O'Neil, Kranjcar, Austin, Hoilett.

Subs: Traore, Morrison, Yun Suk-young, Hughes, Henry, Zamora, Murphy.

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Rams ahead of schedule - McClaren

Steve McClaren admits Derby are way ahead of schedule after he guided the club to the brink of promotion back to the Barclays Premier League.

We're way ahead of schedule and if you'd have told me we'd make the play-offs at half-time of the first game against Ipswich in October, when we were 4-1 down, I wouldn't have believed you.

Icame here and signed for two-and-a-half years and said I wanted to build a football club. I wanted to get the fans back, the place buzzing again and a good brand of football on the field.

The fans have appreciated that so they've been coming back and now there's a big buzz around the town. Stage one, for me, has been achieved.

– Derby boss Steve McClaren
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