Mike Ashley fresh from finally selling Newcastle United is eyeing up a move to rescue stricken Championship club Derby County.
Ashley who fought tooth and nail with the Premier League to push through the £305million deal with Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund to end his controversial 14-year Tyneside reign hasn’t closed the door on any future football involvement.
And sources close to Ashley have revealed to Mirror Football an interest in buying Derby, who are currently in administration.
The Rams raid makes sense with Ashley’s Sports Direct headquarters just 30 miles from Pride Park in Shirebrook.
He also wants to give his Sports Direct empire a public platform and owning Derby County would provide that.
The Ashley aide insists that the traumatic events at St. James’ Park haven’t put off the business magnate staying in the game. It has led to a number of discreet enquiries over the possibility of stepping in at Derby.
Derby’s administrators have already received interest from would-be buyers and are confident of reaching an agreement.
Ashley is one of the interested parties and would provide the financial acumen to back manager Wayne Rooney with the club likely to be in League One following a 12-point deduction for entering administration with further points losses likely.
Ashley is bubbling after taking on the Premier League who had originally consistently blocked the sale of Newcastle to the Saudis.
Now he is considering whether to utilise that extra energy into taking on the challenge of attempting to restore some of Derby’s former glories.