Derby County owner Mel Morris is in talks with a potential buyer over the sale of the club according to the Daily Mail.
The report claims that the son of former Liverpool owner George Gillet has opened negotiations with the Championship club this week.
Foster Gillett was present at some of Derby’s matches towards the end of last year’s campaign, and it is thought that he is in talks over a potential deal to takeover the club.
The Daily Mail also stated that Gillett has been locked in negotiations with Morris over a deal since last season, although his bid was delayed as Derby failed to win promotion back into the Premier League after a defeat to Aston Villa in the Play-Off Final.
The Rams haven’t started the 2019/20 season well under Phillip Cocu, which has led to some questions from supporters over his future at the club, as they look to make timely return to the top-flight.
Derby are reportedly losing £3m a month, which has led to Morris looking for a potential buyer for the club to take them forward in the near future.
Cocu’s side could face trouble for breaching the EFL’s profit and sustainability rules if they don’t win promotion back into the Premier League this season, so it’s vital that they do return to the top-flight as soon as possible.
Birmingham were previously deducted nine points for breaching the same rules, and Derby will be hoping the don’t suffer the same fate anytime soon.
This could be a real boost for the Rams if they can get this deal over the line.
They haven’t been in the best financial position in recent years, but Gillett’s potential takeover couldn’t have come at a better time.
They’re struggling to a dart to life under Phillip Cocu, and it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see the potential new owner invest in the squad to strengthen their promotion bid when the transfer window reopens in January.