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Derby County Expected to Make Improved Offer for Liverpool Defender

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The Rams may be ready to match Liverpool’s £2M-plus Andre Wisdom valuation.

Derby County v Brighton & Hove Albion - Sky Bet Championship Semi Final: Second Leg Photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images

According to local outlet The Derby Telegraph, the Championship club may be prepared to return to Liverpool with an improved offer for Andre Wisdom in order to beat out Celtic and Birmingham City for the signature of the 24-year-old defender.

Their earlier bid of £1M up front was rejected by Liverpool late last week, though reportedly there were add-ons in that offer that already could have brought it close to Liverpool’s valuation, and Derby believe a little more could get the deal done.

Wisdom’s most impressive season came while on loan at Derby County, when he made 38 first team appearances for them during the 2013-14 season. He spent the two seasons after that on loan as well, though neither were as successful.

Now, after three years spent away from Anfield, the consensus is that there is no future for him at the club and that a sale would be in the best interest of all parties. Given his time spent at Derby County, that would seem to be a sensible destination.

After arriving at Liverpool as a highly-rated 14-year-old from Bradford City, Wisdom rose through the ranks and was considered one of the club’s top defensive prospects. His development, though, in the end found him stuck between two positions.

Lacking the physicality to play at centre half for Liverpool in the Premier League and lacking the pace to play fullback in a system that demands some degree of attacking invention, Wisdom has found himself facing an uncertain future.

Hopefully, for the player’s sake if nothing else, a new, permanent home can be found in short order, whether that’s with Derby, Celtic, or another club.