Derby County are looking to beat Brentford to the signing of Olympiacos’ Bjorn Engels according to a report from Greek publication Sportime.

The 23-year-old defender started his career in Belgium with Club Brugge and soon marked himself out as one of their better defenders, being a regular in their first team for many years despite his young age. However he would end his time with Brugge last season and headed to Greece to play for Olympiacos, giving him a chance to play European football.

But reports have indicated that his time at Olympiacos may already be coming to an end. Brentford have been interested in him all summer and while they’ve already signed one player to replace the outgoing John Egan, who joined Sheffield United earlier in the summer, they reportedly made a bid worth £4m to sign Engels earlier in the week. But while the Bees may have thought they were leading the race to sign him, they have now been joined in the race by one of their Sky Bet Championship rivals.

As part of the final permanent transfer dealings of the summer, Derby are now looking to snap up Engels. Brentford were close to signing him but when head coach Frank Lampard made a call saying the Rams were interested, that move was temporarily called off so that Derby could have a crack at signing him. It shows that even though it’s his first job, Lampard has plenty of influence and that may seal them the signing of Engels.

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