JOHNNY RUSSELL has made up our minds to ditch Derby County to signal for Sporting Kansas City in the MLS.
The 27-year-old Scottish forward has agreed phrases with the Western Conference aspect and is anticipated to join them for a nominal price of round £250,000.
He will have to be there in time for his or her opening sport of the new MLS season at house to New York City on March four.
The surprise transfer will come as a blow to the Rams’ promotion hopes as Russell has returned from the chilly to play in Derby’s final 5 suits.
Russell was once dropped through supervisor Gary Rowett previous in the season after a dip in shape however fought his long ago into his plans and has scored 5 objectives in 25 appearances this season.
The Scot is one in every of Derby’s longest-serving avid gamers and has scored 34 objectives in 203 appearances since his cut price £750,000 transfer from Dundee United in the summer season of 2013.
He is anticipated to fetch a switch price of round £250,000
But the gifted forward has had ambitions to pattern lifestyles in the MLS and desires to pursue a profession and way of life alternate with Sporting Kansas City.
They, by the way, completed 5th in the 11-team Western Conference final season to qualify for the MLS play-offs.
Sporting Kansas crashed out in spherical one in every of the MLS Cup play offs, dropping 1-Zero to Houston Dynamo after additional time. But they lifted the 2017 US Open Cup, beating New York Red Bulls 2-1 in the ultimate.
Long-serving supervisor Peter Vermes has equipped steadiness for SKC and can be thrilled to land a 27-year-old of Russell’s talent, after the Scot became his again on a imaginable go back to the Premier League subsequent season to transfer Stateside.
Russell’s contract with the Rams was once due to expire at the finish of the season and he had became down the be offering of a brand new deal.
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Rowett showed Russell’s need to reside in the States was once at the back of his choice to depart.
“I think his wish is to pursue a chance to play in the MLS,” mentioned the Rams boss “He’s turned down those contract offers.”
Russell gained’t be in the Rams squad for Tuesday night time’s Championship conflict with Millwall at the Den and it now appears to be like as though his contemporary look in the Zero-Zero draw with Bristol City can be his final for the membership.