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Johnny Russell’s Derby County move looks to be sealed after Celtic stay quiet

10 June 2013 8.45am.

Dundee United have had no late bid from Celtic for Johnny Russell and the striker looks set to become a Derby County player later today.

Tannadice chairman Stephen Thompson last week agreed a fee with the Rams for his club’s prize asset, with Russell’s representatives thrashing out personal terms with the English Championship side.

The 23-year-old has now returned from holiday and will have a medical and a look around Pride Park this morning, although his agent has insisted it will be the player himself who will have the final say in whether to agree to sign for Nigel Clough’s side.

It had been widely expected that Russell’s long-term suitors Celtic would come in with a late attempt to hijack the deal.

However, the Hoops’ chequebook now looks certain to remain closed.

Meanwhile, contrary to reports at the weekend that United’s audacious bid to lure former striker David Goodwillie back to the club on loan from Blackburn Rovers had fallen through, Courier Sport understands that the situation remains unresolved and there is still a chance the Scottish Cup-winning hero will be returning to Tannadice.