Date: 17th August 2007 at 9:53pm
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Leeds midfielder Eddie Lewis is set to move to Derby County after the two clubs agreed an undisclosed fee – with Wolves defender Jamie Clapham close to moving to Elland Road on a short-term loan deal.

The club’s official website announced that 33-year-old Lewis was undergoing a medical with Derby earlier today – and that the United States international couldn’t pass on the chance to play in the Premier League again.

The announcement read: “The 33-year-old felt that the opportunity to play in the Premier League again was too good a chance to miss out on. It will also help keep open his international opportunities with the USA that may have been passed over if he played regular football in League One.”

Lewis and Derby boss Billy Davies were both at Preston North End together and the Rams are hoping to defy the odds and survive in the top-flight after winning the Championship play-off final last season.

Wolves boss Mick McCarthy confirmed that 31-year-old Clapham should join Leeds for a month within the next few days.

He told his club’s official website: “It looks like he will be going, initially for a month. Jamie has been on the list here since the end of last season, and Leeds have come in for him.”

It’s hard to draw any conclusions yet, but on the surface it appears Leeds are losing a player far better than the one coming in. However, with Lewis entering the twilight of his career, it’s perhaps understandable that he chose to have one last crack at the top level.

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