According to Sky Sports, former Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley is preparing to launch a £50m bid to buy Derby County.
The Championship side are currently rock bottom of the Championship after being docked points earlier this season, leaving them on the brink of relegation to League One unless Wayne Rooney’s team can seriously turn things around over the second half of 2021/22.
Sky Sports report that Ashley has been in ‘advanced talks’ with Derby’s administrators over the last 48 hours, stating that a £50m bid would be the biggest offer received so far by Derby’s administrators, Quantuma.
This comes just a few months after the 57-year-old sold up at St James’ Park in a deal worth just over £300m, selling to the Saudi-backed consortium represented by the Public Investment Fund, Amanda Staveley and the Reuben brothers.
The report also states that Ashley will attempt to purchase Derby’s Pride Park stadium from former owner Mel Morris if his bid is successful, with his Sports Direct company having a large distribution centre based on the Pride Park industrial estate; which is just a short distance away from the stadium itself.