Report: Ayomide Opeyemi Jibodu set for Derby move, Aston Villa were also interested

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Derby County are reportedly set to sign Ayomide Opeyemi Jibodu.

According to the Daily Mail, Swedish teenager Ayomide Opeyemi Jibodu is set to complete a move to Derby County - despite interest from Aston Villa and Liverpool.

The Rams spent heavily over the summer having landed the likes of Jason Shackell, Bradley Johnson, Jacob Butterfield, Thomas Ince and Andreas Weimann, but new manager Paul Clement only claimed his first win of the season on Saturday with a 2-1 victory over Preston North End.

Even after all those new signings, it seems that Derby still want to add more new faces to their squad - but are focusing on bringing in youth rather than first team players.

The Daily Mail report that Swedish ace Ayomide Opeyemi Jibodu, who had a trial at Liverpool last year, is poised to sign for Derby from AFC United - but also noted that Aston Villa had been monitoring the player closely ahead of a possible move to the Premier League.

The 16-year-old, of Nigerian descent, is set for a move to the iPro Stadium though, with an unnamed AFC United spokesman confirming that Jibodu is ready to join up with the Rams imminently.

"It is important for us that Ayomide is going to a club where the chances are much greater to reach the top, than he may have had at bigger clubs," he said.

"Derby County makes a big bet on its youth academy and currently has six players from their own ranks in the A-team, something that appeals to us very much," he added.

The lure of playing for Villa was no doubt strong for Jibodu, but he certainly has a better chance of playing in the first team with Derby than he would at Villa Park, whilst teaming up with his compatriot Isak Ssewankambo may help him settle in at Derby too.

In the meantime, Villa can focus on bringing through the likes of Easah Suliman, Niall Mason, Rushian Hepburn-Murphy and Andre Green, with Tim Sherwood having a number of talented teenagers at his disposal even having missed out on Jibodu.

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