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Rams sign Toffee striker in time for Palace trip!
Rams sign Toffee striker in time for Palace trip!
Friday, 18th Sep 2009 14:03

Boro wanted him (they must be throwing darts at the Derby logo by now!) and so did the Toon but the Rams have won the race to sign Everton striker James Vaughan.

With Derby fans crying out for genuine pace and striking options, their prayers may have been answered with the Rams securing the services of Vaughan on loan for 3 months.

The England under-21 international agreed to the move early on Friday scuppering the hopes of various rival Championship teams.

With limited chances so far this season for Everton and some injury set backs, David Moyes was pleased to be able to secure first team football for his talented youngster:

“James has had a few problems with his knee but it's settled now. He trained the last few days and is okay, It would benefit him to go out on loan. It will benefit him to get some games that will be valuable to the boy. He has missed a lot of football."

When speaking to the official site Nigel Clough was brimming with enthusiasm regarding his latest loan signing:

"This is a terrific bit of business for us; James is a good player with an excellent attitude and tons of ability. He is also different to anything else we have at the football club at this moment, so will add some variety to our attack”.

"He is strong, quick and brave and knows how to look after himself on the pitch. We are grateful to David Moyes,  Bill Kenwright  and Everton for allowing him to come here; I think they know we do things properly and will take good care of him”.

"There were a number of other clubs in our division interested in James, so it is a big boost for us and Derby County in general that he has decided to come here”.

Clough also confirmed that Vaughan will not just be available for the Rams match against Palace on Saturday but will also see some action:

"It is up to us now to decide who we start on Saturday, but I think James will certainly play some part in the game."

Born in Birmingham James set a cracking pace early in life when at 13 years of age, he ran 100 metres in 11.5 seconds. In 1999 he was recognized as the 3rd fastest 13 year old in Britain.

You wanted pace Derby fans…, well you got it!!
Vaughan has played for England at every level of his career having represented the under 17’s, 19’s and 21’s, managing 5 goals in 12 games overall.

With 49 appearances for Everton the 5’11’’ hitman has managed 7 goals for the Toffee’s who have long considered the youngster a star of the future.

He holds the record for being the Premier League’s youngest ever goal scorer when in 2005 a 16 year old Vaughan, hit the back of the net against Crystal Palace and replaced James Milner as the title holder.

Now he arrives at Derby County with his loan home in desperate need of spark and inspiration. The last time the Rams loaned an Everton player they were also in need of a similar spark to lift them from the base of the Championship table.

That player was Leon Osman and he delivered in spades, fans will be hoping James Vaughan can do exactly the same.

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