According to The Sun, a new group of investors have emerged as potential candidates to take over Derby County after secretly having a tour of the club’s facilities.

The Rams are in the midst of a takeover bid involving Sheikh Khaled.

The reported second cousin of extremely wealthy Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour agreed to buy Derby back in October and later received EFL approving.

But the deal involving Sheikh Khaled’s Derventio Holdings has dragged on for months, with supporters fearing the takeover is now dead despite claims it’s still on track.

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Now, The Sun say a new American group have merged as potential bidders.

The group are said to have toured Derby’s facilities in secret after ‘frustrating delays’ over the proposed Arab takeover, while MSD Holdings have already worked with the Rams.

Owner Mel Morris, meanwhile, finally broke his silence on Saturday, telling the Daily Mail how there is a contractual obligation from Sheikh Khaled to buy the club.

On the pitch, Derby have improved under the guidance of Wayne Rooney.

After going almost the entire transfer window without making any additions, Derby strengthened with five loan arrivals on deadline day coming in until the end of the season.

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One of those, Lee Gregory, enjoyed an excellent home debut on Saturday as he scored and later provided another as Derby recorded a much-needed 2-1 win over Middlesbrough.

Whatever happens regarding the takeover, Derby have a big summer ahead as several players are out of contract while without fans the club continues to operate at a loss.

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