Derby County are in talks to sign defender Efe Ambrose on a free transfer.

The 30-year-old left Scottish Premiership side Hibernian at the start of January and has been weighing up his options ever since. He now looks set for a move to the Championship with the Rams, according to the Daily Mail.

Derby boss Frank Lampard was frustrated that they weren’t able to bring in a central defender on deadline day. They currently have just two fit centre-halfs at the club in Richard Keogh and Fikayo Tomori.

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A move to Ambrose is a shrewd one. He will add some much needed cover to the Rams’ backline ahead of the promotion run-in.

Ambrose, who is a Nigerian international with 51 caps to his name, is experienced and has played over 300 games so far in his career.

He started out in Nigeria with spells at Kaduna United and Bayelsa United before moving to Israeli side F.C. Ashdod in 2010. Scottish Premiership giants Celtic then snapped him up after he spent two seasons in Israel.

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Ambrose became a key player for the Glasgow side and played over 150 games for them. He helped the Hoops win the league twice four times, the Scottish Cup and the League Cup.

He moved out on loan to Hibernian in February 2017 and was part of their side who won promotion from the Scottish Championship. Ambrose later signed a contract with the Edinburgh side but left last month.

Can he now help Derby get into the Play-Offs.


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