George Thorne: Derby County sign midfielder from West Brom

Derby County have signed midfielder George Thorne from West Brom for an undisclosed fee.

Albion had rejected two bids from the Rams for the 21-year-old, who spent four months on loan at the iPro Stadium last season.

Thorne, who had handed in two transfer requests to the Baggies, has signed a four-year contract.

"It says a lot about where we are we've been able to bring someone like George in," said manager Steve McClaren.

West Brom turned down a second bid of around £1m last month, saying they had no intention of selling Thorne.

But they agreed to the transfer, saying that Derby had "now met our valuation for the player". 

Thorne played a pivotal role in helping the Rams finish third in the Championship and reach the play-off final.

He will join Derby on their pre-season trip to Austria on Sunday.