Rams to bag Barker

Defender in talks with Derby

Barker: Derby talks

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Skysports.com understands Derby have won the race to sign Blackpool defender Shaun Barker.

Derby are believed to have beaten arch-rivals Nottingham Forest to Barker's signature.

The Rams have been chasing the versatile defender all summer and they finally agreed a fee with Blackpool for Barker earlier this week.

Barker is thought to have travelled for talks with Derby on Wednesday and he is expected to sign a four-year deal at Pride Park.

The news is a massive boost for Nigel Clough ahead of the new season as he had made Barker his top target.