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Derby County sign Michael Tonge and Javan Vidal on loan

Michael Tonge and Javan Vidal
Tongue and Vidal take Derby's January signings to four

Derby County have completed the loan signings of Stoke midfielder Michael Tonge and Manchester City defender Javan Vidal.

Both men have signed until the summer and will provide the Rams with cover in a number of positions.

Tongue, 28, played over 300 games for Sheffield United before joining Stoke in 2008 but went out on loan to Preston earlier this season.

Highly rated 20-year-old Vidal is yet to feature for the City first team.

The England youth international, who had loan spells with Grimsby and Aberdeen last season, can operate at right-back or on the right-hand side of midfield.


Derby boss Nigel Clough told his club's website: "Javan is a very talented young player and we are grateful to City for allowing him to come here.

"It gives us quality cover in a couple of positions and we believe he will fit right in with the mentality and culture we are looking to introduce to our squad."

Tonge is a versatile midfielder who can operate central or out wide and will go straight into the squad for Saturday's trip to former club Sheffield United.

"Michael is a player with a proven pedigree and will give us added quality in the ranks," Clough added.

"He loves to get on the ball and make things happen; he also vastly experienced at this level and above.

"We saw him play for Preston earlier in the season when he was on loan there and he impressed us.

"He is with us until the end of the season and has made it clear he will fight for a place in our first team and do everything he can to help us achieve a healthy position in the Championship."

Meanwhile, Derby's 19-year-old Serbian striker Aleksander Prijovic has joined Swiss League side FC Sion.

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see also
Transfer deadline day as it happened
01 Feb 10 |  Football
Vidal moves to Aberdeen on loan
16 Jan 09 |  Aberdeen
Tonge seals Preston loan switch
19 Nov 09 |  Preston
Tonge delighted with Stoke move
03 Sep 08 |  Stoke
Vidal agrees loan deal at Grimsby
01 Sep 08 |  Grimsby

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