Championship promotion hopefuls Derby County completed the deadline day signing of midfielder Andy King on loan from Premier League outfit Leicester City.

Derby County had to beat Championship opposition to seal the loan signing of Andy King. Fierce rivals Nottingham Forest were also keen to sign the midfielder on loan for the rest of the season.

However, King made the decision to join Frank Lampard at Pride ark, rather than moving to the City Ground to play under new Forest boss Martin O’Neill. The Welshman spoke to the Derby Telegraph to discuss his thinking behind the decision to join Derby instead.

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“It is a tough one,” King said when asked about his decision to join Derby or Nottingham Forest.

“I think the Leicester – Forest rivalry was a little more and always something I was going to be sensitive of.”

King went on to add that the pull of Derby boss Frank Lampard also played a role in the making of his decision. King used to watch Lampard play while he was a youngster in the Chelsea academy before he moved away to join Leicester.

“As it stands, Derby are in a better position, and maybe play a style of football which is maybe more suited to how I want to play. I spent years at Chelsea as a kid watching the manager (Lampard) play, so that was a big pull for me as well.”

“Forest is a great club, also, a massive club but the odds were probably just stacked in Derby’s favour the minute I knew they were interested.”


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