Boro and Derby set to battle over Bournemouth’s Jordon Ibe
Derby and Middlesbrough are set for a late tussle to sign Jordon Ibe from Bournemouth on a loan deal.
Harry Wilson’s move on a loan deal from Liverpool means that Ibe is surplus to requirements at the Vitality Stadium according to reports.
The 23-year-old has less than 12 months left on his contract and he struggled for regular game time at Bournemouth last season.
After only managing one goal and one assist in almost 800 minutes of action in the Premier League, Bournemouth are looking to get him off the wage bill.
However, his pace and directness can be a huge asset in the Championship. He also has bundles of energy that can make him very effective on the counter-attacks. His effectiveness in the Premier League may also have been reduced by the lack of regular games.
Jordon Ibe started his career with Wycombe Wanderers in 2011. He made the high-profile switch to Liverpool in 2012, but the move never paid off.
After loan spells with Birmingham and Derby County, Ibe sealed a permanent switch to Bournemouth in the hope of getting regular football. After being a regular for the Cherries during the 2017-18 campaign, Ibe dropped out of favour last season.
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Ibe’s most productive spell in his career came when he was at Derby during the 2014-15 campaign.