The Rams are the favourites to snap the young Englishman up in the new year.
Premier League giants Liverpool may allow up-and-coming midfield player Jordon Ibe to join Championship outfit Derby County on a six-month loan deal at the turn of the year, according to reports in the Daily Mirror.
The exciting England Under-19 international is very highly regarded by Reds head coach Brendan Rodgers, although it is understood that the Northern Irishman is keen for Ibe to continuing developing his game by getting as much playing time as is possible going forward.
So far, following Ibe’s move to Anfield from Wycombe Wanderers in December 2011 for an undisclosed fee, the 17-year-old wide man has managed to appear in two matches in total for the Merseysiders, in the Premier League against Queens Park Rangers on the final day of the previous campaign, and then again in the Capital One Cup earlier this season.
However, Rodgers would much rather the Englishman spent time out on loan in the second half of this campaign, especially as with competition so fierce for places in the club’s first team at present, it seems extremely unlikely that Ibe will be able to get much game time with the Reds.
And it is even thought that Rodgers is prepared for Ibe to join a League One Cup in January if a deal with the Rams cannot be finalised.