Derby County’s move to sign Aberdeen captain Graeme Shinnie could be completed this week.

The Rams are set to snap up the 27-year-old on a pre-contract agreement, according to a report by the Evening Express.

Shinnie’s current contract at Aberdeen expires in June and they are keen on keeping him. However, he has become a man in-demand and plenty of clubs have been credited with an interest. It appears Derby have won the race for him now.

He has four caps for Scotland to his name and made his debut for his country last May in a game against Peru. His brother, Andrew, plays for League One side Luton Town.

Shinnie, who can also play as a left-back if needed, has played over 350 games so far in his career and they have all come in Scotland.

He started out at Inverness Caledonian Thistle as a youngster and had a brief loan stint at Forres Mechanics in 2010 in the Scottish Highland League. On his return to Inverness, Shinnie went onto establish himself in their first-team and played 187 games for them in total.

Shinnie captained Inverness to their Scottish Cup triumph in 2015, prior to his switch to Aberdeen. He has since been a key player for the Dons but now looks set for a new chapter in England with Derby.

He will provide Frank Lampard with more options in his squad for next season and more depth.


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