The takeover of Derby County by a member of the Abu Dhabi royal family is nearing completion having been approved by the English Football League.
The EFL on Thursday accepted Sheikh Khaled bin Zayed Al Nehayan’s proposed purchase of the Rams from incumbent owner Mel Morris, who has been in control at Pride Park for shortly over five years.
According to The Telegraph, approval from the EFL means the deal should be formalised before the end of the month.
Sheikh Khaled is a cousin of Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour, and he’s previously been involved in high-profile bids for Premier League clubs Liverpool and Newcastle.
But he has since set his sights on Championship outfit Derby, who have endured a torrid start to the season leaving Phillip Cocu on the brink.
Only a single win from their ten matches so far leaves the Rams 23rd in the table, just one point ahead of Sheffield Wednesday who started the season with a points deduction.
Recent rumours have suggested player-coach Wayne Rooney is being lined up to succeed Cocu as manager should the Dutchman be axed over the coming weeks.
Morris, however, refuted such claims when he joined talkSPORT last month.
He told White and Jordan: “Ha! I read the article last night and it’s like a lot of these things on transfers and issues like this; I wish sometimes people would…