The Daily Mail has reported that a proposed takeover of Derby could be about to collapse and that the cash-ravaged club is coming up with contingency plans.
Derventio Holdings Group, a Dubai-based group fronted by Sheikh Khaled bin Zayed Al Nehayan, is at the centre of the £60m takeover.
The players are still waiting for a portion of their December wages and the Sun’s Alan Nixon has said that Derby are actively contacting others about the availability of Leeds-linked Sibley.
Derby were also hit with the news that they may have to pay £2m to sacked former captain Richard Keogh after he won his appeal against his dismissal.
Leeds reportedly made an enquiry for Sibley back in September with Derby wanting £15m for the attacker.
And Athletic journalist Phil Hay has claimed that Leeds are still interested.
Much has been said of Sibley and what he can offer. The 19-year-old attacker has been described as “fearless” and one of the “burgeoning stars” of the Championship.
That profile fits what we are looking for perfectly and, while Leeds have promised a quiet January, the club has also said it would take advantage of any opportunity that presented itself.
This is a perfect example of an opportunity waiting to be pounced on, with Leeds desperately needing another midfielder.
No one likes to hear of any club in trouble, but there won’t be any sympathy for Derby coming from Leeds fans.
They acted in a classless manner under the stewardship of Frank Lampard and the semi-final play-off defeat is still raw for a lot of fans.
Signing Sibley on a cut-price deal would be fantastic for Leeds on the pitch and would go some way towards getting us even with a club who celebrated with binoculars after thwarting our Premier League dreams.
Since that day, the two clubs have taken very different paths, with Derby just one place above the Championship trapdoor, and Leeds fans would love it… absolutely love it if Sibley signed for us this January.
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