Rowett comments on Russell's future with MLS switch reportedly looming

Johnny Russell of Derby County FC trips from a tackle from behind by Bright Enobakhare of Wolverhampton Wanderers FC  during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and...

The former Dundee United star has turned down a contract offer with the Rams and is believed to favour a move to the States.

Johnny Russell of Derby County during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Bristol City at iPro Stadium on January 19, 2018 in Derby, England.

Johnny Russell, 27, is looking likely to leave Derby County having turned down the offer of a new contract with the Rams. 

The Scottish forward's current deal expires at the end of the season and, with Colorado Rapids reportedly interested in the striker's signature, he could soon be on his way.

Russell, who joined Derby from Dundee United in 2013, has made 203 appearances for the club, scoring 34 goals in the process. He has featured 25 times this season, bagging five goals along the way, and will be missed by Gary Rowett should he seal a move away.

Derby manager Gary Rowett  looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Bristol City at the iPro Stadium on January 19, 2018 in Derby, England.

According to the Derby Telegraph, Gary Rowett confirmed that his striker had his heart set on a move to the MLS and as a result was unwilling to sign a new deal to keep him at Pride Park Stadium. 

"I think his wish is to pursue a chance to play in the MLS," the Derby boss said. "He's turned down those contract offers. We'll have to look at that situation."

With Derby set to lose Russell, and compatriot Chris Martin being linked with a loan move away to Sunderland, Rowett confirmed that it is likely the club will look to add a new forward option before the end of the window. 

The Rams have previously been linked with a move for West Bromwich Albion's James McLean, although the Baggies are not looking to let the Irishman leave this month. 

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