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Derby County set to bolster defensive ranks with signing of Efe Ambrose

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Derby County set to bolster defensive ranks with signing of Efe Ambrose

Rams boss Frank Lampard has been in pursuit of a central defender for some time.

Derby County could be handed a boost in their quest to reach the Championship play-offs.

Boss Frank Lampard has made no secret of his desire to bolster his defensive ranks in recent weeks and his wish is set to be granted.

According to The Daily Mail, the Rams are set to sign Efe Ambrose on a free transfer, subject to a medical.

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The 30-year-old is set to pen a short-term contract at Pride Park.

Having collected 47 caps for Nigeria, the defender arrives with a great deal of experience.

Ambrose has been without a club since leaving Hibernian in January; having played 21 times for the club this season.

The signing should enhance the Rams’ promotion chances considerably.

Lampard’s squad is decent on the whole, although it is somewhat lacking in depth at the back.

Ambrose’s arrival will ensure that capable competition is ready in waiting, should Richard Keogh or Fikayo Tomori get struck by injury.


Alex Pearce was allowed to join Millwall in January and that has seen the Rams go into games without a recognised central defender in reserve.

In Ambrose, Derby will get a player who has looked in decent form this season.

Hibs were keen to keep hold of the defender but he naturally wanted to pursue the interest from Championship clubs.

Derby are firmly in the hunt for a top six finish.

Lampard’s men currently sit in seventh but are only below Bristol City on goal difference.

Ambrose’s arrival will be a timely boost for the Rams and will give the squad every chance of success.

Having spent five years at Celtic the combative defender knows all about being successful and challenging for honours.

He will be looking to continue that in the East Midlands.

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