Derby confirm signing of Jordon Ibe on two-year deal after ex-Liverpool winger looks to put £15m Bournemouth nightmare behind him after stint in rehab with return to his former club
- Jordon Ibe underwent a medical at Derby on Monday ahead of the move
- He impressed during a 24-game loan spell at the club in the 2014/15 season
- But he has now joined the Pride Park club on a permanent deal as a free agent
- The winger was released by relegated Bournemouth at the end of last season
Derby County have confirmed the signing of free agent Jordon Ibe on a two-year deal.
Ibe – who impressed during a 24-game loan spell over five months at Derby in the 2014/15 season – had a difficult four seasons on and off the pitch for the Cherries following a £15million move, scoring just three Premier League goals.
Jordon Ibe has moved on from his nightmare spell at Bournemouth by signing for Derby
Ibe impressed during a 24-game loan spell at Derby from Liverpool in the 2014/15 season
Ibe scored five goals for the Championship side over a five-month period at Pride Park
But having failed to score for Bournemouth last season, he has now become the latest addition to Phillip Cocu’s squad at the Championship club.
‘Jordon is a player with a lot of potential and undoubted ability,’ Cocu said on the signing.
‘He has performed for several years in the Premier League and at 24 years of age he still has many years ahead of him in his career.
‘We have been keen to strengthen our attacking options out wide for some time, while we believe Derby County is the right place for Jordon at this stage of his career.’
But the winger had a more difficult four seasons on and off the pitch for Bournemouth
He managed to score just three Premier League goals for the club following a £15m move
Ibe scored five goals for the Championship side over a five-month period at Pride Park.
Derby however appeared to suggest he is unlikely to go straight into the squad for the home game against Blackburn Rovers on Saturday.
The club said Ibe will now work with their strength and conditioning staff to build up his sharpness and match fitness, having not made a competitive first-team appearance since September 2019.
The move will see the 24-year-old put his nightmare spell on the south coast behind him, and the end of October sees Derby travel to the south coast to face Bournemouth, where Ibe could come up against his former club.
But the former Liverpool man has become the latest addition to Phillip Cocu’s (above) squad
Ibe spoke about the difficulties of his time at the club in a recent podcast interview, admitting he was affected by online abuse and failed to make things work with manager Eddie…