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Friday, 14 July, 2000, 15:18 GMT
Kinkladze injury blow
Kinkladze must undergo hernia surgery
Kinkladze must undergo hernia surgery
Giorgi Kinkladze is expected to miss a month of pre-season training with Derby County because he needs a hernia operation.

The Georgian is to have surgery next week after flying home early from the club's La Manga training base to see a Harley Street specialist.

Derby boss Jim Smith said: "It is obviously disappointing news."

Rosenborg's Norwegian international defender Bjorn Otto Bragstad, meanwhile, has agreed personal terms withthe Rams.

The deal now hinges on the two clubs being able to agree a fee.

Rosenborg are resigned to losing Bragstad and have allowed him to explore his options in return for 10 years of loyal service.

The 29-year-old defender had been linked with a number of clubs including Celtic and French side St Etienne.

Third signing

But he chose Derby because of a preference for playing in the English Premiership rather than the Scottish Premier League.

He should also see a considerable rise in his current annual pay packet of 100,000.

"I have agreed personal terms with them and I am very satisfied," Bragstad said. "Now it is up to the clubs to agree a transfer fee."

Derby are believed to be willing to pay 1million, but Rosenborg will be looking for more.

Bragstad would be manager Jim Smith's third signing of the summer.

He has already brought in defender Danny Higginbotham from Manchester United for 2million and midfielder Simo Valakari from Motherwell on a free transfer.

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