Derby County boss Billy Davies has received a double boost with the news that former number two David Kelly and experienced defender Andy Todd are set to join him at Pride Park.
Davies had been thwarted in his attempts to bring Kelly to the Rams from former club Preston following a dispute with North End chairman Derek Shaw.
Kelly was placed on gardening leave after Davies' departure last summer but has finally been given permission to join the Premier League new boys.
Meanwhile, Davies has agreed to sign defender Todd on a two-year contract from Blackburn Rovers.
The 32-year-old had been expected to move this summer after falling down the pecking order at Ewood Park and will sign for the Rams for a fee believed to be in the region of £500,000.
Todd will join fellow new signing Claude Davis at Pride Park next season after County agreed to sign the Sheffield United centre-half for £3million.
"Andy is delighted to have signed for Derby," Todd's agent Peter Harrison told Sky Sports News.
"Derby are a great club and Andy is looking forward to playing at Pride Park."