Derby County manager Frank Lampard has said that he has been impressed by defender Efe Ambrose in training, with the Nigerian possibly coming in on a free transfer.

Derby County manager Frank Lampard has been keen to bring in defensive cover, with only two senior centre-backs available for selection.

Richard Keogh and Chelsea loanee Fikayo Tomori are the only two centre-backs available, with Curtis Davies out for the rest of the season and Alex Pearce on loan with fellow Championship side Millwall.

Lampard has delved into the free agent market, and former Celtic and Hibernian defender Efe Ambrose caught his eye. The Nigerian has been training with the Rams and he could join Derby to provide some much needed defensive cover.

Derby boss Lampard has spoken to the Derby Telegraph to say how Ambrose has impressed him in training.

“I have found him very nice, very good, very friendly, so as a character I think he would be great for us anyway,” Lampard said.

He went on to outline some of the defender’s strengths with a move seemingly moving closer.

“I watched a lot of him, I know his strengths. He is a tall defender, very committed, wants to play on the ball, and quick. It is just about making sure about his level of fitness and that both sides are happy it is going to work.”

It is obvious to see that the Derby manager is a fan of the defender. With Lampard keen on Ambrose and determined to bring in some much-needed cover, a deal will hopefully be struck soon.


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