Teams: Derby County, Burton Albion
Thomas will reject Rams
By Phil Harrison
Derby County look likely to miss out on their first summer transfer target, with defender Wayne Thomas set to sign for Championship rivals Burnley.
Manager George Burley had held talks with the 26-year-old, who is out of contract at Stoke City and available on a Bosman free.
But a number of other clubs, including Ipswich Town, Norwich City and Burnley, were also known to be chasing the defender's signature.
Losing out on landing Thomas, who has made 350 appearances in his career with Stoke and Torquay United, would be regarded as a blow for the Rams but director of football Murdo Mackay said the club would be continuing their quest to bring in new players.
"I was contacted by Wayne Thomas' agent yesterday, who advised me that the player had chosen to move to Burnley," said Mackay.
"We are very disappointed because he's a quality player and would have been a good acquisition for the club.
"This means that we will now turn our sights elsewhere and we will pursue other options."
Reports yesterday stated that Burnley manager Steve Cotterill had flown out to the USA, where Thomas is on holiday, to hold talks with the player with a view to completing a deal.
As Burnley are known to have little, if any, cash to spend on transfer fees, Thomas would suit their requirements.
Thomas also played under Cotterill during the manager's four-month stint as Stoke boss before he left to join Sunderland as Howard Wilkinson's assistant in October 2002.
But Stoke are still keen to keep hold of Thomas, with their director of football, John Rudge, yesterday saying: "He's free to talk to other clubs because he is at the end of his contract but we've also offered him a deal and are still trying to sign him."
Mackay said Derby currently had no intention of signing Ipswich Town midfielder Jim Magilton on a two-year player-coach deal, as had been rumoured over the past few days.
The Tractor Boys playmaker has been offered a one-year deal by manager Joe Royle to stay at Portman Road but is said to be considering his options.
"I'd heard rumours of him being linked with us but there's nothing to suggest that we will be going for him," added Mackay.
"He's certainly a footballer I admire but we haven't spoken to him and he's not on our list."
F**king Burnley, why would anyone want too go there?
There's something wrong with this guy, he's got 3 of the favourites for promotion chasing him, and he's going too g too a club very unlikely too be up there, seems a strange one too me...oh well the search for e new defender goes on then.
Originally Posted by Nico
I dont belive in jinxing mate, I do belive in playing at home with a 2-0 advantage against a team which I cant see scoring 2 goals!
Of course, if we lose, I'll never admit it was me who wrote this.
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