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Birmingham City, Derby County linked with free agent defender after Championship departure

Birmingham City and Derby County are both interested in free agent defender Terell Thomas after his Reading departure, Berkshire Live has claimed.

Thomas, 26, will be available for nothing this summer.

The defender is heading for the Reading exit door after it was confirmed he would not be extending his stay in Berkshire. He will leave the club upon the expiry of his short-term deal at the end of this month, freeing him to search for a new club as a free agent.

Now, Berkshire Live has claimed interest is emerging in the former Charlton Athletic and Wigan Athletic man.

Birmingham City and Derby County are both claimed to be showing keen on the Saint Lucia international this summer.

Thomas played for Reading twice during his brief stay with the club, starting in the final two games of the Championship campaign in back-to-back 1-0 losses against West Brom and Luton Town.

Thomas was mentioned as a Birmingham City transfer target back in April. However, those links were quickly dismissed in a report from Birmingham Live, stating that the Blues had identified other options.

As for Derby County, while they will have one eye on the transfer market, there are currently more pressing matters to deal with.

The club are still trying to find a new owner and now that Wayne Rooney has moved on, attention will then turn to naming a permanent manager, with Liam Rosenior currently occupying the role on an interim basis.

Thomas could be a shrewd option this summer, but it remains to be seen if anything concrete emerges from either Birmingham City or Derby County this summer.

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