JOHNNY RUSSELL has determined to ditch Derby County to signal for Sporting Kansas Metropolis within the MLS.
The 27-year-old Scottish ahead has agreed phrases with the Western Convention aspect and is anticipated to hitch them for a nominal payment of round £250,000.
He needs to be there in time for his or her opening recreation of the brand new MLS season at residence to New York Metropolis on March four.
The shock 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 matches.
Russell was dropped by supervisor Gary Rowett earlier within the season after a dip in kind however fought his manner again into his plans and has scored 5 objectives in 25 appearances this season.
The Scot is one in all Derby’s longest-serving gamers and has scored 34 objectives in 203 appearances since his discount £750,000 transfer from Dundee United in the summertime of 2013.
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He’s anticipated to fetch a switch payment of round £250,000
However the gifted ahead has had ambitions to pattern life within the MLS and needs to pursue a profession and way of life change with Sporting Kansas Metropolis.
They, by the way, completed fifth within the 11-team Western Convention final season to qualify for the MLS play-offs.
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Sporting Kansas crashed out in spherical one of many MLS Cup play offs, shedding 1-Zero to Houston Dynamo after additional time. However they lifted the 2017 US Open Cup, beating New York Crimson Bulls 2-1 within the ultimate.
Lengthy-serving supervisor Peter Vermes has supplied stability for SKC and can be delighted to land a 27-year-old of Russell’s skill, after the Scot turned his again on a attainable return to the Premier League subsequent season to maneuver Stateside.
Russell’s contract with the Rams was as a result of expire on the finish of the season and he had turned down the supply of a brand new deal.
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Rowett confirmed Russell’s want to dwell within the States was behind his determination to depart.
“I believe his want is to pursue an opportunity to play within the MLS,” stated the Rams boss “He is turned down these contract affords.”
Russell received’t be within the Rams squad for Tuesday night time’s Championship conflict with Millwall on the Den and it now seems as if his current look within the Zero-Zero draw with Bristol Metropolis can be his final for the membership.