Maccabi Tel Aviv reached an agreement with Derby County for the loan deal of Nick Blackman who is set to join the club for one season.

The 27-year-old Manchester born Jewish forward who can play in various positions upfront, succesfully underwent a medical at the club and is set to wear the number 11 jersey.

Maccabi Tel Aviv’s coach Jordi Cruyff told the club’s official website: “Nick is a player we have been trying to sign for over three years and we are happy to have been able to do so. Nick is a player who can give us several options in various positions upfront as he is quick, strong with a very good shot. We are all sure he will contribute to strengthening Maccabi Tel Aviv and be an exciting player for our fans”.

Blackman added:”I know Maccabi is a club with great history and fantastic players and a fantastic coach. I have been in touch with Jordi for the past 3-4 years and  I am looking forward to working for him. I know I count as a home grown player, I am very proud of my roots and I am very excited to cone to Israel”

Blackman began his playing career at Macclesfield Town before joining Blackburn Rovers in 2009 and spending loan periods at Blackpool, Oldham Athletic, Motherwell and Aberdeen.

Eleven goals in 28 appearances for Sheffield United led to a switch to Reading for which Blackman scored 18 goals in 103 appearances between 2013 and 2016 when he joined the Rams.