It could be a busy end to the window at Derby County, with Phillip Cocu desperate to sign another striker before the deadline on October 16.
Having lost Chris Martin in the summer, the Rams are pretty short on options in the final third and it’s shown. The side have picked up just three points from their first four games and they’ve scored just two goals.
So, the news that transfer target Charlie Austin would ‘need convincing’ to move to Pride Park and is seemingly set on staying at West Brom is not what Cocu needed.
However, there are plenty of other players Derby could look to loan from the Premier League and here we outline THREE individuals who should be targeted…
This may not excite Rams supporters but Wickham did a decent job on loan with Sheffield Wednesday last season and could be the focal point that this team needs.
A major worry would be his injury record but the former Sunderland man should be able to make an impact if he stays fit. He is physically strong, can lead the line well and at 27-years-old should still have a lot to offer. Derby could be the ideal club for him to turn his career around.
This would be an ambitious one but Balogun’s failure to secure a move away from Arsenal in the window means a loan could be an option.
The 19-year-old has scored goals for fun at U23 level and would be a huge threat with his pace, movement and finishing ability in the Championship.
There are doubts over his long-term future and if he still won’t sign a new contract, the Gunners could look to move him on initially on loan before he finds a new club next summer.
Sheffield United have so many options up top that Mousset is unlikely to get his place back when he does return from injury.
Rhian Brewster’s arrival means that Chris Wilder has Oli McBurnie, Oliver Burke, Billy Sharp and David McGoldrick to call on as well as the new recruit and Mousset.
There have been suggestions that Mousset and the boss haven’t always seen eye-to-eye, so Derby may be able in a position to take him on a temporary basis and he would be a major threat with his pace and direct style.