Derby County have entered talks with West Bromwich Albion regarding a potential deal for striker Charlie Austin, as per Sky Sports’ Mark McAdam.
The 31-year-old has enjoyed a mixed spell since arriving at the Hawthorns and was in and out of the team last season as Slaven Bilic’s side achieved promotion to the top-flight.
Austin did still manage 10 goals in 34 league appearances for the Baggies, and Derby are keen to bolster their striking options after a slow start to the 2020/21 campaign.
Thus far, Austin has only been involved in Carabao Cup fixtures for West Brom and he’s in the final year of his contract at the Midlands club so a departure looks inevitable.
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Phillip Cocu’s Derby have lost all three of their opening league games in the Championship and are in need of bolstering their options up-top, with Jack Marriott being the main man of late, as Martyn Waghorn continues to recover from injury.
It’s not clear at this stage whether a loan or permanent deal is being discussed but with Austin being in the final year of his contract, a permanent sale is likely to be West Brom’s preference.