Johnny Russell: Derby forward set to join Sporting Kansas City

Derby County attacker Johnny Russell
Johnny Russell joined Derby County from Dundee United in June 2013

Derby County forward Johnny Russell is set to join Major League Soccer side Sporting Kansas City after rejecting a new deal to stay with the Rams.

The Scotland international, 27, has played 25 times this season, helping Derby go second in the Championship.

But he was due to be out of contract in the summer and will join Kansas on an undisclosed deal before the start of the MLS season in March.

Manager Gary Rowett said on Monday that he was resigned to losing Russell.

"He's been offered improved contracts. But his wish is to pursue a chance to play in the MLS," Rowett said.

"Based on the fact he has basically turned down those contracts we will have to look at the situation."

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