Liverpool agree fee for versatile defender, 24-yr-old set to complete summer transfer

Liverpool have agreed the sale of defender Andre Wisdom to Derby County, with an initial fee of £2 million reported.

The news was first reported by The Telegraph’s John Percy on Tuesday afternoon, writing that an initial £2 million fee could rise to £4.5 million.

For the higher fee to happen, bonuses such as Derby being promoted and number of games played by Wisdom would need to be activated.

However, Derby’s local newspaper claims the Rams are still in talks with the Premier League club after a £1 million bid was rejected on Monday.

The 24-year-old has spent the last four seasons away from Anfield on loan, at Derby (2013/14), West Brom (2014/15), Norwich City (2015/16), and Red Bull Salzburg (2016/17).

It was at Derby that he arguably had his best loan spell and where he now looks set to return.

He made his debut for Liverpool in the early days of Brendan Rodgers’ reign in 2012/13, including a goal on his debut in the Europa League against Young Boys. He started 19 games in Rodgers’ debut season but hasn’t featured for the club since, other than every pre-season.

The Bradford-born defender has been capped at England under-21 level and grew up playing as centre-back but has played most of his senior career at right-back. It will be interesting to see if Derby continue with him at right-back or more him back to the centre.