Wayne Rooney’s Derby under takeover bid as American billionaire makes £50m offer to save Championship club

AMERICAN businessman Chris Kirchner has made a £50million bid for Wayne Rooney’s Derby County.

Super rich Kirchner wants the club and will try to take it out of administration after making a flying visit to the Midlands in his private jet to check them out.

An American businessman is interested in buying Derby County


An American businessman is interested in buying Derby CountyCredit: Alamy

Kirchner is also keen to deal with the EFL and appeal for the overall points penalties they face are at a sensible level.

Owner of ‘global solutions’ Slync.io among other companies, Kirchner is expected to pass the ‘fit and proper’ tests and has millions behind his bid.

The cost of taking the club out of admin AND buying the stadium from former owner Mel Morris should cost around £50mn. The only snag is the threat of relegation.

Derby have appealed against the ‘fixed’ 12-point deduction that comes with administration and are also negotiating over Financial Fair Play charges that could be at least nine points.

The American sports fan wants to give the Rams a chance to survive in the Championship and will spend on players in January.

Despite the major good news for Rooney, it can also be revealed that Derby County have been hit with a multi-million compensation claim from Wycombe for ‘relegating’ them.


Wanderers American owner Rob Couhig confirmed that the club’s lawyers have hit the administrators with a bill.

Wycombe argue that Derby should have been relegated LAST season for FFP offences while they went down instead.

The difference in TV money between Championship and League One is around £6m and insiders reveal the claim is in that range.

Wycombe went down as Rooney’s club beat the drop and also escaped when an Independent Disciplinary Commission chose to fine them for an accountancy breach.

The EFL wanted points to be deducted and are still pursuing the Rams over FFP offences with points penalties virtually guaranteed.

Wycombe’s claim is now in the hands of administrators Quantuma as Couhig said: “We have put it in the hands of the lawyers.

“They have made claims against the administrators. They have been made aware of that.

“Who the heck knows what happens next. It’s hard enough understanding American bankruptcy so I’ve got to get into British bankruptcy laws now.

“I don’t know if we call it legal action. But a claim has been presented and is with all of the others.

“I don’t know if it’s secured or unsecured. It’s in the big jumble of things Derby have to deal with.”

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