Derby close in on Eibar’s Albentosa

Steve McClaren has confirmed that Derby County are in talks to sign Eibar defender Raul Albentosa.

Reports in Spain last week suggested that the Championship high-fliers had agreed a fee of €600,000 with the Basque minnows for the centre-back, and the England manager has now corroborated these claims.

“[Albentosa] is someone we have pursued and we are trying to do a deal,” he was quoted as saying by The Derby Telegraph.

“We are looking at him and we are interested but I don’t know where we are at the present moment with it.”

Albentosa, 26, joined Eibar in the summer of 2013 from Cadiz and has played a key role in the side's impressive start to life in La Liga this season after helping them achieve promotion.

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