Derby County are closing in on the signing of Sunderland target George Evans from Reading, according to the Derbyshire Telegraph. 

It is thought that the Black Cats were set to sign the midfielder, but Frank Lampard’s Derby County have swooped in to sign the former Manchester City man at the last moment.

He has now rejected a move to the Stadium of Light in favour of staying in the Championship with Derby.

The Rams have now finished their pre-season preparations and will face Reading on Friday in their season opener.

It is believed that Derby will pay a fee off around £1m for Evans, who’s time at the Madejski Stadium appears to be over.

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It was a disappointing season all round for Evans last season as the Royals were embroiled in a relegation battle and the midfielder also fell out of favour in the first team.

After impressing during his first season with the club, he was restricted to just 18 appearances last season and will look to reignite his career under Lampard.

The 23 year old has had loan spells at Crewe Alexandra and Scunthorpe United, but firmly established himself during his time at Walsall, where his impressive performances caught the eye of the Reading recruitment team.

He signed a three and a half year deal with Reading in 2016, meaning that his contract with the club runs out next summer.

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Paul Clement has decided to cash in on him now, rather than risk losing him on a free transfer next year.

Frank Lampard will be aiming to mount a promotion push with the Rams this season and the signing of Evans provides good squad depth and healthy competition among the County team.