Jordon Ibe will undergo a medical at Derby County today ahead of signing on a two-year deal at Pride Park.
The 24-year-old winger has been discussing a deal to join the Championship club as a free agent after leaving Bournemouth in the summer when his deal ran out at the Vitality Stadium.
Turkish club Besiktas had shown interest in offering him a fresh start abroad but Ibe has agreed a deal to stay in England with Phillip Cocu’s squad, skippered by former England captain Wayne Rooney.
Ibe spent four years under Eddie Howe at Bournemouth but had lost his place in the team by last season and he left the club without extending his contract for Project Restart.
He had been earmarked as a successor to Raheem Sterling when both players were at Liverpool and playing in similar positions. It was during this time Ibe had a season-long loan at Derby when he played regularly, leading to his parent club recalling him midway through the deal.
His £15million deal to Bournemouth initially saw him settle in Howe’s team before he fell down the pecking order in his third season on the south coast.
Last season he was limited to two substitute appearances in the Premier League and ran his contract down to assess his options at another club. Ibe was also banned from driving for 16 months after crashing his car into a coffee shop before fleeing the scene. Later that season he addressed mental health issues by undergoing treatment, insisting he would look at improving his health before concentrating on football.
He will join a club who have lost their opening two Championship games of the season, to Reading and Luton by 2-1 scorelines.
Last season they finished mid-table but their form following the arrival of Rooney saw them threaten the play-off places.