Derby County are reportedly closing in on the signing of Tyreece John-Jules from Premier League side Arsenal, as reported by the72.
The Rams are set to add the 22-year-old forward to their ranks on loan until January after already adding forwards Conor Washington and Martin Waghorn to the squad this summer. The forward has experience in the EFL with a number of loan spells, his most recent coming with Ipswich Town.
John-Jules has been with the Gunners since the age of eight, the North London club signing him from Charlton Athletic. The talented youngster is the nephew of famed actor Danny John-Jules, best known for his role as “Cat” in the TV series Red Dwarf. In his loan spell with Ipswich Town last season, he scored three goals and registered one assist in 21 appearances for the Tractor Boys as they gained promotion.
This will mark John-Jules’ sixth loan spell since joining the Gunners, having previously been on loan with Sheffield Wednesday, Lincoln City, Blackpool and Doncaster Rovers, as well as Kieran McKenna’s Ipswich side.
Derby boss Paul Warne has pleaded for signings this past week, with the side hit by injuries to key players such as Max Bird and new arrival Kane Wilson. Both players are set to be out for a lengthy period, and it looks like Warne’s pleas have been answered. The forward position has not been kind to the Rams in the market this summer, with deals falling through for multiple targets this window despite the club bringing in two experienced forwards.
John-Jules is a talented forward, but chances are few and far at Arsenal lately, as we have seen from cases such as Folarin Balogun’s. It may be time for the youngster to start impressing potential suitors in the transfer market, as well as his parent club, and Derby could be the perfect chance for him to do so as they seek promotion.