Derby County and the EFL are close to reaching an agreement on a points deduction for breaking financial fair play rules.

If a final deal is made, the punishment will be lowered from what would have been imposed otherwise, but a reported nine-point deduction would immediately drop them to the bottom of the second tier with minus-two points.

Rule 85 of the EFL regulations allows a club to accept a lesser sentence in exchange for avoiding the time and expense of having the matter heard by a formal disciplinary committee in the future. According to reports from Wednesday night, a three-point suspension will be lifted pending future cooperation.

Derby accepted a suspended three-point deduction for failing to pay their players last December under that provision in July.

The Rams are already playing under a transfer embargo, which restricted their search for new players this summer to free moves and six-month loans.

Derby were charged with breaking expenditure regulations in January 2020 and were later cleared, but the EFL’s appeal over their accounting methods culminated in a £100,000 fine in June.

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