Former Derby County coach Kevin Phillips has said Leeds United have “another opportunity” to sign midfielder Louie Sibley.
The 20-year-old is one of several young players who could leave Pride Park in January if the club’s administrators have not found a buyer by the time the transfer window opens.
Premier League clubs are likely to be circling as they contemplate a move for Sibley and his young teammates.
Phillips thinks there will be “daft offers” submitted for those players which Derby will be likely to accept if no takeover is completed.
“Unfortunately, when someone is having a tough time there are always predators waiting to jump and take advantage of the situation,” Phillips told Football Insider.
“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.”