Derby want to sign highly-rated Englishman from Premier League club

Goalkeeper Christian Walton is a summer transfer target for Derby County , according to The Sun.

The 23-year-old is currently on loan at Wigan Athletic from Brighton & Hove Albion.

He has made 26 appearances in the Championship this season and played against Derby in the Rams ‘ 1-0 victory at Wigan in December.

The report in The Sun says Brighton could be willing to send Walton out on loan again but Derby are interested in signing the England U21 international on a permanent basis.

Christian Walton of Wigan Athletic saves a shot during the Sky Bet Championship match between Queens Park Rangers and Wigan Athletic at Loftus Road (Image: Henry Browne/Getty Images)

Derby already have keepers in Scott Carson and 26-year-old Kelle Roos, who has started the last seven games in the absence of the injured Carson.

Roos is out of contract at the end of the season.

Walton was also on loan at Wigan last season and he helped the Latics to win the League One title.

He has had other loan spells Bury, Plymouth Argyle, Luton Town and Southend United.

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