Shotton signs for Derby

  • Last Updated: August 25 2014, 20:07 BST

Derby have signed Stoke defender Ryan Shotton on loan with a view to a permanent deal.

Ryan Shotton: Loan move
Ryan Shotton: Loan move

Capable of playing in a number of positions across defence and midfield, Shotton will provide Rams head coach Steve McClaren with plenty of options.

"He is someone who we've had our eye on for a while and he will certainly strengthen our defensive options," McClaren told Derby's official website.

"He is big, strong and has a physical presence, as well as being a good footballer and having Premier League experience to his name."

Shotton, who came through the youth ranks at Stoke, has a year remaining on his current contract with the Potters.

He has made 69 appearances for the club and scored twice since signing his first professional deal in 2007.