Derby have signed midfielder Paul Coutts from Preston for an undisclosed fee.
The 23-year-old has agreed a three-year contract to become manager Nigel Clough's second summer signing following the arrival of Northampton winger Michael Jacobs last month.
"We are delighted to secure the services of Paul and bring him to Pride Park, as he is someone who has been on our radar for some time," Clough told Derby's official website.
"He's only 23, so he is still young, but he knows the division well from his time at Peterborough and Preston - where he has always done well against us - and we're all really looking forward to working with him.
"He's got the potential to improve but he's already more than capable of performing at Championship level and we believe he will be a very good addition to the squad."