Report: QPR challenge Championship rivals for Derby County right-back Cyrus Christie

Derby County manager Gary Rowett

Andre Wisdom's arrival looks to have pushed Cyrus Christie towards the Derby County exit, with Queens Park Rangers and Reading keen.

Derby's Andre Wisdom (L) in action with Nottingham Forest's Jamie Paterson Andre Wisdom helped Derby to the play-off final in 2014

Returning to Derby County appears to be the right move at the right time for Andre Wisdom.

At the age of 24, the former Liverpool defender needs to finally settle down and moving to the club where he spent an excellent season in 2013/14 could be exactly what he needs to kick-start a stuttering career.

However, while Wisdom is clearly the winner after completing a £2.5 million move from Liverpool, Cyrus Christie appears to be on the losing side of the scenario.

Despite featuring regularly on the right hand side of defence last season, Get West London reports that the Republic of Ireland international is now surplus to requirements at Pride Park – making a summer departure somewhat inevitable.

And the report adds that Queens Park Rangers will challenge play-off final losers Reading for Christie’s signature this summer.

Liverpool's Danny Ings in action with Derby's Cyrus ChristieDerby's Cyrus Christie

Fresh start

Despite having plenty of time on his side at the age of 24, Christie has a bucketload of Championship experience having been a consistent member of Derby’s starting XI since arriving from Coventry City in the summer of 2014.

And, on his day, Christie is one of the league’s most impressive full-backs, sturdy at the back and an energetic outball going forward.

His addition would certainly provide QPR with a more natural option on the right of defence after the versatile James Perch was forced to fill in to limited effect last season.

Derby County's Cyrus Christie in action with Fulham's Rohan Ince

They need Christie far more than rival suitors Reading, for whom Welsh international Chris Gunter remains as impressive as ever.

Derby, meanwhile, can afford to let one of their longest serving players bid farewell.

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