Derby County could be in for an interesting few days ahead, with the summer transfer window set to slam shut on Friday evening.
It’s been a poor start to this year’s campaign under the management of Phillip Cocu, with the Rams currently sat 20th in the Championship table, with just one win to their name this term.
The main issue for Derby this season has been their lack of goals from their forwards, with the club yet to replace Chris Martin, who left the club at the end of the 2019/20 campaign.
The Rams had previously been linked with a move for West Brom forward Charlie Austin, with The Sun’s Tom Barclay claiming that the former QPR man was set to sign for Derby.
Austin has struggled for consistent game time with the Baggies recently, and was kept out of the starting XI by Hal Robson-Kanu for the majority of last season’s promotion-winning season under the management of Slaven Bilic.
But for one reason or another, it appears as though a move for Austin won’t go ahead anytime soon, with Derby turning their attentions to other alternatives instead.
Football Insider have now reported that Derby are eyeing a move for Austin’s West Brom team-mate Kenneth Zohore ahead of Friday’s transfer deadline.
Zohore is another player that has struggled for game time with the Baggies, and made just 17 league appearances last term, as they won promotion back into the Premier League.
But his opportunities are likely to be further limited this season, with the forward not making an appearance at all so far in the 2020/21 campaign.
Zohore has shown that he can perform to a high standard whilst in the Championship, having played for Cardiff City at that level for a number of seasons.
He scored 24 goals in 101 appearances for the Bluebirds, and will be hoping he can have his future resolved at the earliest of opportunities.
A move to Derby could suit Zohore as well, as he’s often played in the lone striker role, which is what Derby County are currently playing.
He could thrive in the Rams team as well, with the creative ability of the likes of Louie Sibley and Wayne Rooney being able to provide Zohore with the service he needs to score goals at this level.
He’s still on 26, and is arguably entering his prime years as a striker, whilst Austin is entering the later stages of his career at the age of 31.
Zohore’s career has certainly stalled in recent years, but he can remain confident that a move to Derby County could see him get back on the right path.
You couldn’t blame the forward if he was to look at forcing a move through elsewhere before Friday’s transfer deadline, with clubs seemingly keen on landing his signature in the near future.