Derby move for free agent Ibe

23 September 2020 01:03:43 GMTPlus11

Former Liverpool winger Jordan Ibe has joined Championship outfit Derby on two-year contract.

The 24-year-old had been without a club since leaving Bournemouth over the summer and he will be looking to get his career back on track after not featuring for the Cherries since September 2019.

Ibe joined Bournemouth for a then club-record fee of £15million from Liverpool in 2016 and he arrived with a big reputation after featuring over 40 times during his final season on Merseyside.

However, things didn't work out for Ibe on the south coast and he will now be hoping for a fresh start at Derby.

Rams boss Phillip Cocu certainly feels the club are signing a player that is proven at this highest level, while he also has the potential to get back to the very top.

"Jordon is a player with a lot of potential and undoubted ability," Cocu told Derby's official website.

"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."

Cocu will be hoping the signing of Ibe can kickstart Derby's season, as the Rams have lost both their games in the Championship to date this term against Reading and Luton, a run that leaves them at 26.00 to be promoted come the end of the campaign.

Next up for Cocu's team will be a home clash with Blackburn on Saturday and it remains to be seen whether Ibe will be ready to make his debut in that fixture.

Derby are 3.10 to win the this weekend's game at Pride Park, with Rovers 2.37 and the draw 3.30.

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