Ex-Liverpool forward Bobby Duncan is reportedly closing in on a transfer to Championship side Derby County.

According to James Pearce in The Athletic, Duncan has agreed a three-year contract with Derby and will sign permanently for the club from Fiorentina.

This news comes a year after Duncan decided to leave Liverpool to join Fiorentina in search of first-team opportunities for £1.8m.

Duncan, however, struggled in Italy and was unable to force his way into the side in the Serie A. He is now seeking a return to England and looks set to complete a transfer to the Championship.

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There is no mention of a sell-on clause that could earn Liverpool any money, but it is a warning to players that the grass is not always greener on the other side. Duncan left Liverpool to find first-team football and ended up back playing in the youth team where he was trying to get out on Merseyside.

Maybe if he had stayed at Liverpool he could have been given a loan move where he knew he would get minutes and be given the chance to develop as a player. Instead, he rushed a transfer and ended up making the wrong choice – given that he has now had to leave the Italian club after a year in the country. Now, he is looking to start fresh again with Derby in the hope that he can finally kick on and show that he is capable of producing the goods at first-team level, alongside the likes of Wayne Rooney and Jack Marriott.

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