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Derby confirm deal for Portsmouth's Griffin

Derby County have confirmed the signing of Portsmouth fullback Andy Griffin.

Rams boss Billy Davies has been chasing Griffin for some time and he has now finally landed his man.

The versatile defender has put pen to paper at Pride Park after passing a medical and agreeing personal terms.

Portsmouth were willing to let the 28-year-old move on as he was well down the pecking order at Fratton Park.

The news is a blow to Stoke who had hoped to sign Griffin after a successful loan spell at the Britannia Stadium last season.

"Andy is an excellent player, calm head and has a very good attitude," Davies told Derby's official website.

"Like Andy Todd he brings experience to the squad.

"I believe Andy has great years ahead of him. Every time I see him play he shows how consistent he is.

"We're very pleased to have him on board."

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