After spending his entire professional career in England, the American centre-back could now be set to return to the States.
According to MLSSoccer.com, the American centre-back is in talks with the New England Revolution about a potential stateside switch and agent Kevin Moran has revealed that a deal could be settled at some stage next week.
Whitbread, 31, joined Derby on a permanent deal last June after originally arriving from Leicester City on a three-month loan deal during the 2013-14 campaign, but a series of calf and hamstring problems restricted him to just 11 total appearances last season before being let go.
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The Houston-born but Liverpool-raised defender has never featured in MLS, having begun his professional career at Anfield before spells with Millwall, Norwich City, Leicester and Derby, respectively, but his search for a new club could now take him back across the Atlantic.
After featuring 79 times in both the Championship and League One, as well as 18 times in the Premier League, the ex-US Under 20 international is believed to have options in England but, with nothing concrete materialising at this point, the Revs look set to take advantage.
Sitting fifth in the Eastern Conference on 31 points after 24 games, the 2014 MLS Cup runners-up are in need of bolstering their backline for their post-season push but, with the league’s transfer window now closed, their options are somewhat limited.
The experienced stopped could therefore prove a shrewd addition if he can keep off the treatment table, but “if” is a big word for two letters.