RAMS IN RAID FOR READING STRIKER
DERBY County boss Paul Clement admits the Rams had to fight off stiff competition to secure the signature of Nick Blackman.
The 26-year-old striker, who scored 13 goals in 28 games this season for Reading, joins for £2.5m on a three-and-a-half year contract.
And having already added Guinea international Abdoul Camara to his attacking crop this month, Clement believes his squad for the second half of the season is taking shape.
“There has been a lot of interest in him so we’re naturally happy that he has chosen to join us,” he said.
“We’ve got a number of talented players in the attacking areas of our squad and Nick only enhances that.”
Meanwhile, Reading chief executive Neil Howe defended the club’s decision to cash in on their top goal-scorer.
He said:“This deal will also allow us the chance to potentially re-invest in the first team this month, helping the manager to bolster his squad should the right opportunities arise.”
DELIGHT: Paul Clement