Report: Derby County close to finalising £3 million deal for Burnley captain Jason Shackell

Derby County are reportedly close to sealing a £3 million deal for Burnley defender Jason Shackell.

According to the Daily Mail, Derby County are close to securing the services of Burnley captain Jason Shackell in a deal worth £3 million.

The report states that a planned agreement involving Richard Keogh and cash fell through, but the Rams are willing to pay the figure outright to land their former player of the year.

Shackell would become Paul Clement’s seventh summer signing, following Scott Carson, Chris Baird, Alex Pearce, Darren Bent, Andreas Weimann and Tom Ince through the doors at the iPro Stadium.

Why the signing of Shackell will hugely boost Derby’s promotion chances

The 31-year-old is a popular figure among Rams fans already, having captained the side during his one year in the East Midlands back in 2011/12, and would come to the club after an individually very impressive spell in the Premier League.

Shackell made more clearances, with a 100% success rate, than any other player in the Premier League last season – 64 more than Swansea City’s Ashley Williams in second.

  PositionTeamTotal ClearanceEffective ClearanceAppearancesMins Played
Jason Shackell DF Burnley 436 436 38 3,347
Ashley Williams DF Swansea 372 372 37 3,330
Phil Jagielka DF Everton 371 371 37 3,285
Steven Caulker DF QPR 345 345 35 3,015

Derby’s promotion push last season fell apart largely due to the lack of defensive organisation and leadership at the back, with the Rams conceding 34 goals in their last 18 games.

Over the past two seasons, goals haven’t been a problem for Derby, so if they can sure up the defence, they will be another prospect altogether for the upcoming campaign.

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