The Derby Telegraph have reported that Darren Bent would be ‘open’ to a return to former club Ipswich Town.
Bent, who started his professional career with Ipswich, played 141 games for the Tractor Boys between 2001 and 2005, scoring 55 goals.
The 33-year-old has played in the Premier League for the majority of his career, turning out in the top flight for Charlton Athletic, Aston Villa, Sunderland and Tottenham, as well as earning 12 England caps.
In 2015, the striker joined Derby on loan in what was a successful spell.
He scored 10 goals in 15 Championship matches before joining the Rams permanently that summer on a free transfer.
Since signing permanently, Bent has failed to show the prolific goal scoring form he showed during his loan stint, netting just 12 goals in 58 league matches.
The former England international made just one start under Gary Rowett as David Nugent was a preferred option up top for the Rams’ boss, so a move away from Derby this summer wouldn’t be that much of a surprise.
Ipswich struggled last season, finishing in a very disappointing 16th place in the table.
They were also goal-shy, scoring just 48 goals in 46 games.
Perhaps to help improve on that finish and goal count next season, an experienced goal scorer like Darren Bent is required.
Derby fans… Would Bent be that big of a loss? Let us know your thoughts and opinions in the comments below!