Derby County have completed a deal to sign midfielder Duane Holmes from Scunthorpe United on Transfer Deadline Day.
The Columbus-born 23-year-old has joined on a three-year-deal and becomes the Rams’ ninth signing of the summer, following Mason Mount, Harry Wilson, Florian Jozefzoon, George Evans, Jack Marriott, Fikayo Tomori, Martyn Waghorn and Scott Malone in moving to Pride Park Stadium for the 2018/19 campaign.
Speaking about the Rams’ latest recruit, manager Frank Lampard told dcfc.co.uk: “I’m pleased that we’ve been able to conclude the deal to bring Duane to Derby County.
“He is an exciting talent and he can play in numerous attacking positions as well. He certainly fits into the profile for us in signing players at a good age for both the present and also the future.”
Holmes arrives at Pride Park after establishing himself as a key figure at Scunthorpe over the last two years, helping the Iron secure back-to-back play-off finishes in Sky Bet League 1.
In total he made 94 appearances for the Lincolnshire-based outfit in all competitions and chipped in with 12 goals from the middle of the park, 10 of which were scored last term.
Holmes, who was born in the USA before moving to England, began his football career with Huddersfield Town, rising through the Terriers’ Academy ranks to break into the first team set-up during their second season back in the Championship.
He made 24 appearances in total during the 2013/14 season, five of which were with Yeovil Town during a short loan spell.
The campaign after, he gained further senior experience with Bury and at the end of the 2015/16 campaign, he secured his switch to Scunthorpe after leaving Huddersfield.