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Thorne keen on Derby deal

West Brom midfielder George Thorne has admitted he would be keen on joining Derby on a permanent basis.

Thorne enjoyed a successful spell on loan at Derby this season, helping them reach the Championship play-off final only to lose to Queens Rangers at Wembley last weekend.

Derby chief executive Sam Rush revealed earlier this week that they have opened negotiations with West Brom about a possible deal to sign Thorne permanently and the 21-year-old insists he wants to continue playing on a regular basis

"I have had a fantastic time at Derby and I won't rule out a move there," Thorne told the Sunday People. "The squad, the manager, the style of play, the fans... it's a great club.

"But one thing I will rule out is that I won't be going anywhere to be a squad player.

"I had a knee injury and it has taken me almost a year-and-a-half to get back on track, but now I've got back to this point I'm not prepared to go and sit on somebody's bench or be in somebody's squad and have to wait for my time again.

"Anyone who knows me will tell you that, compared to how I have been, I'm much happier now. I felt at home at Derby, I felt wanted at Derby, which I certainly didn't at West Brom.

"I felt like a squad player at West Brom and most times not even that. I've never really had a sustained spell or a chance and enough's enough.

"On my mind now is playing football and Derby is a very good option for me."