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Derby boss Davies delighted with Feilhaber signing

Derby County have completed the signing of Hamburg's Benny Feilhaber after successfully obtaining a work permit for the USA player.

The 22-year-old USA international did not meet the automatic work permit criteria of playing in at least 75 percent of international fixtures in the last two years so the case went to a Home Office Football Review Panel hearing to obtain the correct documents.

The midfielder is now due to fly in to England and will not be eligible to play in Saturday's season opener against Portsmouth as his international clearance will not be completed before Friday's 12 noon deadline.

Rams boss Billy Davies told the club's website: "We're bringing in another very good young player with excellent potential who is growing in stature with is national team.

"I believe he is ready for the challenge of the Premier League."

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