Derby sign George Thorne

Derby County have signed former England U19 midfielder George Thorne from West Bromwich Albion on a four-year deal.

The 21-year-old was on loan at the Championship club for four months last season, helping them to finish third and reach the play-off final.

Thorne told Rams Player: “I’m delighted to become a Derby County player on a full-time basis.

“I truly believe this is a club on the up; I wouldn’t have signed if I didn’t think that Derby County could be promoted to the Premier League.”

Derby boss Steve McClaren added: “It says a lot about where we are at as a club that we’ve been able to bring someone like George in permanently.”

Thorne made 20 appearances for England’s U19s and earned 13 caps at U17 level, helping that age group win the European Championship in 2010.