Joining FC Groningen from Heracles Almelo in 2017 on a free transfer, Mike te Wierik didn’t take long to have a meaningful impact at the Dutch club.

He’s now the club’s captain, yet the 27-year-old’s contract runs out at the end of the season, but this could be his last year in the Eredivisie.

The player has been linked with Derby County for a while now, but a move in January is now off the cards, according to RTV Noord’s Stefan Bleeker.

However, that doesn’t mean a deal is off, as the centre-back is now likely to move to Phillip Cocu’s side in the summer, with an offer arriving from the Championship side.

Bleeker explains ‘only the medical examination stands in the way of a transfer’, but it also means ‘it’s almost certain the captain will finish the season in Groningen’.

This also means that barring a serious injury in the coming months as he finishes the season in Holland, the defender will likely play at Pride Park next year.

At least, that’s what the RTV Noord’s journalist is suggesting.