EFL Championship club Derby County are close to completing the signing of Nigerian defender Efe Ambrose.
The 30-year-old former Super Eagles player triggered a clause in his contract with Scottish side Hibernian which allowed him to become a free agent during last month’s transfer window.
It was then revealed over the weekend that he had been training with the Rams in the hope of winning a deal at Pride Park.
Manager Frank Lampard has told Derbyshire Live that he is keen on the player and that talks are at an advanced stage, although a deal has yet to be agreed between the parties.
“It’s close to being finalised but not quite done, so I don’t want to jump the gun,” said Lampard.
Assuming Ambrose is signed by Derby, the ex-Celtic man would be a welcome addition for a club which finds itself extremely short for options at centre-back.
Lampard allowed Alex Pearce to leave to join Millwall last month, whilst the experienced Curtis Davies is set to miss the rest of the season with injury.
That means that current pairing Richard Keogh and Fikayo Tomori are the only senior players available to Derby at centre-back.
Ambrose has been part of Nigeria’s squads at the Olympics, Africa Cup of Nations, Confederations Cup and the 2014 World Cup, and would bring valuable experience to Derby’s dressing room.