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Derby County confirm signing of free agent centre-back on short-term deal

Derby County have confirmed the signing of Nigerian international Efe Ambrose on a free transfer.

Derby County have confirmed the arrival of free agent defender Efe Ambrose on a short-term contract. The Rams announced the deal on their club website on Friday afternoon.

Derby manager Frank Lampard was determined to bring in a new centre-back before the end of the January transfer window, but failed in his efforts, leaving him with just Fikayo Tomori and Richard Keogh available for selection.

Now, his centre-back worries will have been eased, with Ambrose signing until the end of the season.

Lampard spoke to the club website about the arrival of the Nigerian international after he impressed during training with the first team.

“We’ve had the chance to take a look at Efe over the last few days and likewise, he has been able to see how we work and want to play,” Lampard said.

“Efe is an experienced central defender and he gives us another option in that particular area. We’re pleased to welcome him on board for the rest of the season.”

The defender arrives with bags full of experience. The Nigerian international has 51 caps to his name, has played over 300 games in his career so far. After starting his career in his home country Nigeria, he joined Israeli side FC Ashdod, where he caught the eye of Scottish giants Celtic.

Ambrose played over 150 games for Celtic, helping 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 the club in January.

Now, he will be hoping he can play a role in Derby County’s push for promotion to the Premier League.

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