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Derby County win race for Ipswich Town striker Martyn Waghorn

Derby County win race for Martyn Waghorn
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Derby County win the race for Ipswich Town striker Martyn Waghorn, who was also a target for Sheffield United and Middlesbrough.

Derby County have seen off competition from their Championship rivals to land Ipswich Town striker Martyn Waghorn on a three-year deal.

The 28-year-old was also wanted by second-tier sides Sheffield United and Middlesbrough after top-scoring for Ipswich last term with 16 league goals.

A day after offloading Matej Vydra to Burnley, Derby have now confirmed that a deal has been struck with the Tractor Boys for Waghorn's signature.

County are believed to have paid £5m for the former Rangers striker, rising to £7.5m, making him the seventh arrival of the Frank Lampard era.

On his latest signing, Lampard told the club's official website: "I'm delighted to see Martyn Waghorn become a Derby County player - I think this is a big signing for us.

"He has been sought-after all summer and we've managed to bring him here, which is fantastic. We sold the club to him and, importantly, he wanted to come here and that's the sort of player that I want in the squad.

"Martyn has many great qualities and he has been pretty prolific over the last few years in front of goal. He is a real all-round striker and last year we saw not only could he score goals in the Championship but create them as well."

Waghorn has scored a total of 93 goals in 314 appearances during a senior career that started at Sunderland in 2007.

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Middlesbrough13742167925
2Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd138142215725
3West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom1373331181324
4Leeds UnitedLeeds1365223111223
5Derby CountyDerby136341714321
6Norwich CityNorwich136341716121
7Blackburn RoversBlackburn135621616021
8Wigan AthleticWigan136251516-120
9Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest134721815319
10Bristol City135441714319
11Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds135442020019
12Brentford134632015518
13Aston Villa134632120118
14Birmingham CityBirmingham133821412217
15Swansea CitySwansea134541210217
16Queens Park RangersQPR135261119-817
17Stoke CityStoke134451719-216
18Bolton WanderersBolton134451116-516
19Reading133371821-312
20Rotherham UnitedRotherham133371020-1012
21Preston North EndPreston132471925-610
22Millwall132471422-810
23Hull City132381120-99
24Ipswich TownIpswich131661120-99

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