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Derby County confirm Kieran Dowell's arrival

Derby County officially confirmed the signing of Everton attacking-midfielder Kieran Dowell on a season-long loan on Thursday night.

He arrives at Pride Park following a loan stint with Sheffield United and becomes the latest part of Phillip Cocu’s bid to put his mark on this Rams’ side.

Dowell joined the Blades’ promotion charge in January last season and featured regularly for Chris Wilder’s side, assisting one goal and scoring twice during his spell, including a crucial winner against West Brom in February.

The 2017/18 season saw him impress in a season-long spell with Derby’s arch-rivals Nottingham Forest, during which he notched nine goals and four assists.

He becomes the club’s second completed the signing of the summer, following the arrival of Graeme Shinnie. and the first since Cocu took over from Frank Lampard.

Last season saw Derby finish in sixth place in the Championship standings, going on to reach the play-off final after dramatically beating Leeds United at Elland Road.

But the defeat at Wembley against Aston Villa was to be Lampard’s final match in charge, leaving to take the vacant manager’s job at Chelsea.

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