Derby County have missed out on the signing of Northern Ireland winger Gavin Whyte with a move to Portsmouth now confirmed.

Paul Warne is busy trying to bolster his squad after narrowly missing out on the League One playoffs.

Business has been steady so far with Warne adding four new faces to his Derby squad.

Goalkeeper Josh Vickers and centre back Curtis Nelson have arrived whilst Joe Ward and Callum Elder have come in to potentially play as wing backs.

Derby have though looked towards another signing with winger Gavin Whyte wanted.

The 27-year-old Northern Ireland international has been released by Cardiff City this summer and he has attracted major League One interest.

The News report that Derby were in the mix to sign Whyte alongside Bristol Rovers, Charlton Athletic, Oxford United and Portsmouth.

The Rams may have been holding for a deal but Whyte has now picked a move to the South Coast.

Gavin Whyte secures Portsmouth move amid Derby County interest

Portsmouth have announced that Whyte has joined the club on a three-year contract.

The relationship with Pompey boss John Mousinho may well have been key to Whyte’s decision.

Mousinho and Whyte worked together at Oxford United during the 2018-19 and 2021-22 seasons.

Mousinho has been able to use his prior relationship with Whyte to secure his signing and seemingly beat Derby in the race.

The Pompey boss is delighted to get this deal over the line, praising Whyte’s ability to excite fans with his pace and dribbling ability.

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“Out of all the players we’ve signed, he’s the first one that I actually played with and he’s a great character,” said Mousinho. “He had an outstanding first season when he came over to Oxford from Northern Ireland and went to Cardiff off the back of that.”

“Gavin is a pacy and direct winger, who can carry the ball and really catches the eye whenever he’s on the pitch. He’s someone that we believe will really excite everybody at Fratton Park and be an excellent addition to our side,” he added.

If Derby did make a move for Whyte, then this move will be a blow for Warne.

Missing out on Whyte would be one thing but Portsmouth are expected to be at the top end of League One alongside Derby next season.

Let’s just hope that Whyte doesn’t end up haunting Derby down the line, and that Warne can add more quality to his attacking options this summer.

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