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Catch of the day: Derby complete deal for Sammon

The Irish striker has joined the Rams from Wigan for an undisclosed fee, the club announced today.

Sammon in action for the Latics.
Sammon in action for the Latics.
Image: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

IRISH STRIKER CONOR Sammon has joined Derby County from Wigan Athletic for an undisclosed fee.

The 25-year-old former UCD and Derry City player arrived at the DW Stadium from Kilmarnock in January 2011 and featured 34 times for the Latics, scoring one Premier League goal.

However, with Roberto Martinez adding Ivorian forward Arouna Kone to his ranks, the Dubliner was surplus to requirements and Rams manager Nigel Clough, who has been interested in taking him to Pride Park for some time, is delighted with the capture.

Clough told Derby’s official website: “When we first drew up a list of potential options with regards to bringing in a new striker it’s fair to Conor was top of the list, our number one target actually, so we’re delighted to announce his arrival.

“Having tracked him closely at Kilmarnock and, as everyone knows, been so close to bringing him in 18 months ago, we’ve monitored his progress at Wigan in the Premier League and we know he is capable of finding the back of the net.

He is going to be a key player for us and when he plays regularly, we know he can score goals. We really like how hard he works too and that means he will fit into our squad comfortably.”

Sammon was in attendance for Derby’s 2-2 draw with Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday and goes straight into the first team squad for their trip to the Reebok Stadium to face Bolton on Tuesday.

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