According to the Mirror, Derby County owner Mel Morris is in talks with a US consortium over selling the club after the failure to conclude a deal with Erik Alonso.

Morris has been trying to sell the Rams for over a year now.

The 65-year-old has put in over £200 million of his own money since becoming owner in 2015, but a failure to earn promotion to the Premier League has proven costly.

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Morris first entered talks with Henry Gabay last year, before later agreeing to sell the club to Sheikh Khaled and the BZI group with promises of a big cash injection.

The BZI takeover, however, lingered on for months with broken promises. The deal was finally cancelled in March, with Erik Alonso then entering the frame.

The 29-year-old Spaniard agreed to takeover the Rams pending EFL approval.

Alonso, however, reportedly failed to provide evidence of funds while his social media activity drew plenty of controversy with supporters questioning his validity.

Morris ultimately pulled the plug. Now, the Derby owner is seeking yet another prospective buyer, and the Mirror claim he is in talks with a US consortium with sports experience.

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Derby’s off-field problems have caught up with them on the field.

Wayne Rooney’s side narrowly avoided relegation to League One on the final day of the season, yet without investment this summer, they could struggle again next year.

Players such as Curtis Davies, Andre Wisdom and Martyn Waghorn are out of contract next month, possibly leaving Derby with only a handful of senior players on their books.

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