Derby County have signed highly-rated defender Cyrus Christie from Coventry for an undisclosed fee.

Christie was out of contract with the Sky Blues and the Rams have beaten some strong competition from elsewhere to secure his signature. The 21-year-old right-back has put pen to paper on a three-year deal at the iPro Stadium.

Due to his age, Coventry were entitled to a fee for the player who came through the youth set-up at the club.

"Right-back has been a focus for us this summer and we are delighted to have secured the services of Cyrus, who is a very highly-rated prospect," Derby head coach Steve McClaren told the club's official website.

"We have been monitoring Cyrus for some time and while there has been a great deal of competition for his signature, we are delighted that he has chosen Derby County for this key stage of his career.

"Cyrus fits the profile of young, talented players that we have identified and I am really looking forward to working with him.

"Our head of football operations Chris Evans and his recruitment team deserve a lot of credit for closing this deal amidst much pressure. We have signed some very good players this summer and Cyrus is another excellent capture."

Andre Wisdom, on loan from Liverpool, was Derby's first-choice right-back last season but his return to his parent club left Kieron Freeman as the Rams' only recognised player in that position.

Christie, who joined Coventry aged eight, made his debut for the Sky Blues as a substitute in the Capital One Cup against Morecambe in August 2010. He went on to make 116 appearances for the midlands club, including 37 in the Sky Bet Championship.