Sky Sports: Mike Ashley now attempting to hijack EFL takeover 7 months on from NUFC sale

Former Newcastle owner Mike Ashley is preparing to hijack a deal for recently relegated Derby County, according to Sky Sports.

The proposed deal currently in the works comes from American businessman Chris Kirchner, who has already held meetings with previous owner Mel Morris and has been given a ‘period of exclusivity’ by the club.

However, this has not deterred Ashley who is going back in with another bid for the East Midlands side following his interest earlier on in the season.

Despite this, there is said to have been no reply to 57-year-old’s representatives from the administrators Quantuma and the Sports Direct owner has been left frustrated with the many delays – yet it seems he isn’t giving up after Kirchner’s bid drags on.

Here’s Rob Dorsett’s update for Sky Sports on the ever-changing takeover situation at Derby County:

The Rams are set to spend their first season in the third division of English football since 1986 following a 21 point deduction – but could even potentially face another 15 point deduction next year.

On the deal involving Kirchner, Derby have said: “We consider that matters can be resolved in a short period of time and are grateful for the assistance of all stakeholders relating to the stadium”

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