Derby County and Ipswich Town target Lewis Buxton available on a free after leaving Sheffield Wednesday

Derby County and Ipswich Town are free to battle it out for Lewis Buxton’s signature after leaving Sheffield Wednesday.

Derby County and Ipswich Town target Lewis Buxton was named on a list of 11 players that were allowed to leave Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday, as reported by the BBC.

According to the Mirror in April, as quoted by TWTD, Derby and Ipswich were interested in signing the 31-year-old once his contract with the Owls expired.

The experienced Championship defender, who played in just eight league games this season, was named as a shock target for both clubs during their push for Premier League football.

Although the Rams slipped out of the top six on the last day, Ipswich still have a chance at winning promotion should they beat fierce rivals Norwich City in the play-off semi-finals and then win the play-off final on the 25th May.

The decision of the defender could be put on hold to see which division Ipswich are in before committing his future to either of the clubs said to be in for his signature.

Would Lewis Buxton be a good signing for either Derby or Ipswich?

Although a seasoned Championship defender, with good experience, it does come as a surprise that two of the considered strongest sides in the Championship would be interested in a defender released by a divisional rival.

Nevertheless, Mick McCarthy has shown in the past that he can get the best out of unfancied players, even with Noel Hunt this season, and Steve McClaren could look to bolster his disappointing defence, which ultimately cost them a play-off spot.

Whether Buxton is the answer for either club, it’s hard to predict. However, the former Wednesday defender would no doubt back his experience and quality to shine for both clubs given the chance.

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