Rams lodge Barker bid

Derby move for Blackpool star

Barker: Wanted

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Derby County have lodged a bid for Blackpool defender Shaun Barker, skysports.com understands.

The 26-year-old full-back, who can also play in the middle, has impressed hugely for The Seasiders this season.

The former Rotherham man has been tracked by a host of Championship clubs, who are ready to try and tempt Blackpool into selling.

East Midlands rivals Derby and Nottingham Forest were known to be leading the chase - as revealed by skysports.com last month - and now The Rams have followed up their initial interest by making a firm bid.

The bid is undisclosed and Derby are now awaiting Blackpool's reply with the hope they will be able to open talk with Barker - who has just one year left on his current deal at Bloomfield Road.