By Kevin Phillips

26th Sep, 2021 | 6:00pm

Leeds could sign Sibley for bargain fee in January after £10m reveal - ex-Derby coach

Derby County’s administration has handed Leeds United “another opportunity” to sign Louie Sibley.

That is the view of former Rams coach and Premier League striker Kevin Phillips, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the Whites’ long-term interest in the 20-year-old.

Derby County officially entered administration on Wednesday.

A number of players at the club could be sold in the January transfer window to help balance the books at Pride Park.

Football Insider first reported of Leeds’ interest in Sibley in October 2020 – the Premier League side have been long-term admirers of the midfielder.

The Championship club wanted £10million for the youngster last year but that valuation is likely to be significantly less in the next transfer window.

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When asked by Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs for his assessment of Sibley’s future, Phillips said:

“Unfortunately, when someone is having a tough time there are always predators waiting to jump and take advantage of the situation.

“It hurts me to see what is happening at Derby having spent three years there as a coach. Mel Morris did great things with the stadium and the training ground there but if you’re not careful it can come back to bite you on the backside. We have seen it happen to Leeds over the years.

“There is an opportunity now for clubs to sign the good players Derby have got for next to nothing. There will probably be some daft offers going in. Derby will need the money unless they find a buyer by then.

“It’s another opportunity for Leeds to sign Louie Sibley. I know very well and let me tell you he’d be a brilliant signing for them.”

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