According to Stoke-On-Trent Live, Derby County target Morgan Fox will join Stoke City on a free transfer after leaving Sheffield Wednesday.

The Rams have had a long-term transfer affiliation with the former Owls fullback.

Wednesday signed Fox from Charlton Athletic in January 2017. The Yorkshire Post claim they beat Derby among other clubs to his signature at the time.

According to a December report in TEAMtalk, Derby reignited their interest in Fox.

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It appears the Rams were aware his contract was due up in the summer, and clubs were able to begin talks with him over a potential move as early as January.

Wednesday boss Garry Monk made it clear how he wanted to keep Fox at Hillsborough.

But following project re-start, the Wales international was left out after refusing to sign a short-term deal in June to cover until the end of the Championship campaign.

Now free to move elsewhere, it appears Stoke have won the race for his signature.

Stoke-On-Trent Live claim the Potters will sign Fox in the next 24 hours, fending off interest from Derby, Nottingham Forest, Norwich City and Rangers among others.

Despite Derby missing out, the club have plenty of left-backs already on their books.

Craig Forsyth and Max Lowe competed for a regular spot this past season. There is also Scott Malone, a Frank Lampard signing from the summer of 2018.

But the latest player to get playing time at left-back was Lee Buchanan. The academy graduate started the final day of the season in the 3-1 win at Birmingham City.

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Buchanan has since signed a new long-term contract at Pride Park.

It seems Derby will look to move at least one left-back out this summer. Malone appears the obvious candidate, with the former Huddersfield Town man fourth in the pecking order.

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