Former Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley is yet to make a Derby County takeover bid but still holds an interest in the Championship club, according to journalist Alan Nixon.
On Friday, The Telegraph reported that Ashley had held advanced talks with the East Midlands club’s administrators Quantuma over a takeover and was readying the largest bid so far.
However, Nixon provided a fresh update on the situation last night and clarified that the former Newcastle owner was still yet to make a bid but remains interested.
The delay appears linked to Derby’s reported ongoing crisis talks with the EFL over compensation claims made by Middlesbrough and Wycombe.
The Rams went into administration in September and though a takeover deal has appeared close on a number of occasions, consistent setbacks mean new ownership has yet to be found.
Ashley is not the only interested party, though, with a consortium led by former Derby owner Andy Appleby also said to be keen.
On the pitch, strong form in recent months has helped Wayne Rooney’s side move to just 11 points adrift of safety in the Championship but they were knocked out of the FA Cup at the hands of Coventry City on Saturday.
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Rams fans have got used to consistent delays concerning a potential takeover and it seems they’ll have to continue to be patient, with Ashley yet to submit the bid he was reported to be readying ahead of the weekend.
A number of things, including the situation concerning Boro and Wycombe, may have to fall into place before a true valuation of the Championship club can be made but it seems both Ashley and Appleby remain keen.
That’s a good thing from a Derby perspective as there remain parties interested in taking over and keeping the club alive.
Ashley may have left St James’ Park on a sour note but he could bring stability to Pride Park, which is clearly what is needed.