Mike te Wierik moved to Derby County in the summer, having reached a pre-transfer agreement months before. His deal at Groningen was expiring, and that allowed him to move to the Championship on a free transfer.

He struggled to become a regular even under Phillip Cocu, and when his compatriot left things got even worse. Wayne Rooney clearly had little interest in playing the defender, and it’s previously been reported the 28-year-old will be allowed to leave in the winter market.

Voetbal International report Derby County are ‘struggling financially’ and want to get the player off their wage bill, although the fact he’s not being used with weigh just as heavily on decision making.

The club has come to a ‘verbal agreement’ with Groningen, to send Te Wierik back to where he arrived from. As long as this agreement ends up on paper, then it’s stated nothing stands in the way of the January transfer.

Te Wierik himself has agreed a ‘multi-year’ contract with the Eredivisie club, and whilst it’s not explicitly stated the likelihood is he’s going on a free transfer.