Derby County are attracting the interest of an American consortium regarding a takeover of the club.
That’s according to Alan Nixon’s report for The Sun on Sunday (via The 72), with the journalist revealing that the former CEO of Manchester City, Garry Cook, and his American backers are still in the running to purchase the crisis hit Rams, who recently entered administration due to their significant amount of debt.
Cook was reported to be interested in a takeover at Derby earlier this year, with The Sun claiming that the 63-year-old was in discussions with Mel Morris regarding the purchase of the club, however, he was unable to progress these talks due to the Rams’ feud with the EFL regarding their accounting irregularities.
With Derby fans having to endure a considerable amount of bad news in recent months, seeing two separate takeover attempts of their side fall through, being placed under a transfer embargo in the summer transfer window, facing a nine point deduction for breaking EFL accounting rules and being hit with a 12 point penalty for entering administration, the news that Cook and his backers are still interested in purchasing the club is sure to have the Pride Park faithful buzzing.
Indeed, exactly why anyone is interested in buying the club considering the fact that they have around £100m worth of debt to pay off simply to survive, as well as more than likely dropping down to the third tier of English football at the end of the current campaign, is questionable, however, should he put his money where his mouth is, Cook could well be the saviour fans have been waiting for.
Although, with a number of factors still up in the air at present, whether or not Cook and his American consortium do come forward with a bid remains to be seen, however, their interest is undoubtedly promising for the future of Derby County.