Derby set to be given a NINE-point deduction this season after a breakthrough in talks with the EFL – with another three suspended until next year – to plunge them into Championship relegation zone

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  • A nine-point cut in this campaign would send them to the bottom of the league
  • Derby County and the EFL are often embroiled in an 18-month bitter row
  • Sportsmail understands they had an ‘in principle’ agreement
  • The Championship side breached financial rules and were fined £100,000
  • Owner Mel Morris is eager to find a buyer and hopes a settlement will aid the sale.

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Derby County will be awarded a 12-point penalty after successful negotiations with the EFL.

Wayne Rooney’s Rams are facing a nine-point cut this season – which would take them to the bottom of the championship – with three suspended until next season.

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sportsmail understands that an ‘in principle’ agreement has been reached between Derby officials and the EFL, which will be withdrawn after an often bitter 18-month row following a breach of financial rules by the club.

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Derby County are set to be awarded a 12-point penalty, managed by Wayne Rooney (pictured)

Nine points will be deducted this season, they will be sent down, with three next year

Nine points will be deducted this season, they will be sent down, with three next year

However, discussions on an agreed business plan continued on Wednesday night and the agreement remained elusive.

Sources revealed that there is widespread belief that the end is now in sight, with both the club and the league hoping to make an announcement later this week.

The preliminary settlement of points tally is an important step towards a conclusion, but the club’s accounting requires agreement.

Rooney's team pulled off a solid 0-0 draw against championship leaders West Brom on Tuesday

Rooney’s team pulled off a solid 0-0 draw against championship leaders West Brom on Tuesday

The Derby, which is up for sale, was initially charged and approved in January 2020. But the EFL’s appeal resulted in a £100,000 fine in June of this year.

Thereafter the East Midlands organization was asked to ‘submit the revised and rescheduled accounts’ by 18 August for the years ending 30 June 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Derby, who survived relegation on the final day of last season, are subject to a transfer ban, which limits them to free transfers and loans.

Rams owner Mel Morris is eager to find a buyer and hopes a settlement will help assist with the sale.

Rams owner Mel Morris is eager to find a buyer and hopes a settlement will help assist with the sale.

Owner Mel Morris is eager to find a buyer and hopes a settlement will open the door to interested parties.

Looking at the background, the club has started the season better than many feared. They sit in the middle of the table with seven points after a 0-0 draw over leaders West Bromwich Albion on Tuesday night.

If it is implemented before their next match, with Stoke City on Saturday, a nine-point penalty would reduce them to two points from zero, six points away from safety.

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