Former Liverpool prospect Ibe set to join Rooney's Derby on a free transfer
Ibe was released by Bournemouth in Juneand had attracted interest from several clubs, including Swansea, Millwall and Turkish side Besiktas, but he has chosen Derbywhere he will play alongside former Manchester United and England captain Wayne Rooney.
The hope is that a move to Pride Park, where he performed well during a loan spell in 2014, will help relaunch a career which promised so much as a teenagerbut has run off course in recent seasons.
Ibe was tipped as one of the hottest prospects in English football having burst onto the scene as a 15-year-old with Wycombe.
He earned a move to Liverpool, with the Reds paying an undisclosed fee, understood to be around £600,000 ($750,000) to sign him in December 2011.
Ibe made his senior debut for the Reds in a 1-0 win over QPR on the final day of the 2012-13 seasonand impressed during a loan spell at Birmingham the following campaign.
He did the same at Derby in 2014-15, scoring five goals in 24 appearances before being recalled by manager Brendan Rodgers and promoted to Liverpool’s first team.
Back at Anfield, Ibe featured regularly for the Reds. He made a total of 58 appearances, scoring four times.The last of those goals came in his final appearance, a 1-1 draw at West Bromwich Albion in May 2016.
He was sold to Bournemouth in a £15million ($19m) deal that summer, but his move to the South Coast failed to take off.
Ibe featured 54 times in his first season with the Cherriesbut was unable to hold down a regular starting place thereafter.Last season, he made just two Premier League appearances – both as a substitute – with Bournemouth opting not to renew his contract.
There were off-the-field issues too. Ibe was banned from driving for 16 months after crashing his car into a coffee shop in Bromley, South-East London and then fleeing the scene.
At the court hearing, Ibe’s lawyer Frank Rogers claimed the wingerhad spent much of his life "cocooned in the artificial world of football", which had left him "not well-educated" and "ignorant of his duties.”
Ibe himself has since spoken of his battle with mental health issuesand expressed a desire to get his career back on track.
Source : goal.com
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