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Derby County: Wayne Rooney’s best players are told they can be sold this month to survive

EXCLUSIVE: Derby County players are being told to let them know this month if they want to leave with a club that needs to sell to extend its survival – while ex-Newcastle owner Mike Ashley is frustrated by administrators over he Rams’ bid considers

  • Derby County is in serious danger of being liquidated after entering the administration
  • Championship club must settle their hefty £29m debt with HMRC
  • Players have been told to talk to the admins if they want to leave
  • Wayne Rooney wanted to keep his team intact to increase their chances of survival
  • Sportsmail also understands Mike Ashley could walk away from his takeover bid



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Derby County players have been told to talk to managers if they want to leave this month, in the hopes that a quick takeover and cash will be needed to survive the season.

sports post He also understands that Mike Ashley is becoming increasingly frustrated with Quantuma, the club’s trustees, and could withdraw his interest if issues paving the way for a potential bid are not urgently resolved.

Ashley is not alone in being annoyed by the business consultancy and they have infuriated other clubs by ignoring calls and turning down offers for players, despite the dire financial situation that threatens Derby’s existence.

Derby players have been told to talk to the administrators if they want to leave this month

Derby players have been told to talk to the administrators if they want to leave this month

Mike Ashley also gets frustrated with Quantuma over takeover bid issues

Mike Ashley also gets frustrated with Quantuma over takeover bid issues

Mike Ashley also gets frustrated with Quantuma over takeover bid issues

However, the squad was addressed on the training ground on Friday morning by manager Wayne Rooney and the managers and we understand it was then communicated that offers would now be considered.

The EFL has asked the club to provide proof of having the money to complete the current campaign, and selling players is seen as the fastest way to generate money. Some are concerned that wages could go unpaid this month.

Rooney would have wanted to keep his team together after January, especially as their good form has sparked hopes of beating relegation despite their 21-point deduction. They are currently 11 points away from safety.

Wayne Rooney hoped to keep his team intact after the January transfer window

Wayne Rooney hoped to keep his team intact after the January transfer window

Wayne Rooney hoped to keep his team intact after the January transfer window

But players like Louie Sibley and Lee Buchanan – both 20 years old – will almost certainly be the subject of renewed offerings now.

It was also communicated Friday that restrictions are in place preventing Rooney from signing new players or renewing contracts, meaning Phil Jagielka’s short-term deal has been cancelled. Rooney is said to be furious that his former Everton and England team-mate has been forced to leave.

Quantuma has postponed naming a preferred bidder for the club since last year. A consortium that includes former Wolves chief executive Jez Moxey and ex-Derby chairman Andrew Appleby have made an offer, although sources say Ashley is the best hope of saving the club.

People like Lee Buchanan (left) and Louie Sibley (right) are likely to be the subject of offers

People like Lee Buchanan (left) and Louie Sibley (right) are likely to be the subject of offers

People like Lee Buchanan (left) and Louie Sibley (right) are likely to be the subject of offers

However, he has yet to make an offer and will not do so until issues such as compensation claims from Middlesbrough and Wycombe are resolved. The claims would amount to £45m and £6m respectively.

sports post reported last month how the club was in serious danger of being liquidated unless a deal could be reached with HMRC to quarter the £29 million it owes. This remains another unsolved problem.

Derby was awarded 12 points after going into administration in September and a further nine points for violations of EFL’s financial rules under former owner Mel Morris.

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