Derby County’s attempts to sign striker Charlie Austin from West Brom are all but over, according to The Sun journalist Tom Barclay.
The Rams have been linked with a move for Austin recently, as they look to add some extra fire power to a side that has found the net just twice in four league games so far this season.
However, it now looks as though Austin won’t be making the move from The Hawthorns to Pride Park this summer, with Barclay’s latest update now describing that deal as “dead in the water”.
Instead, it now looks as though Austin could be set for a rather different new destination in the next few months, with the 31-year-old said to be set for a move to the MLS in the January transfer window.
Charlie Austin to Derby looks dead in the water. Understand he could be heading to the MLS in January
— Tom Barclay (@TomBarclay_) October 15, 2020
Austin only joined West Brom from Southampton last summer, and scored ten goals in 34 league appearances to help the Baggies win promotion to the Premier League during the 2019/20 campaign, although he has yet to feature for Slaven Bilic’s side in the league this season.
As things stand, there are just under 12 months remaining on Austin’s contract with West Brom, securing his future at the club until the end of this season.
This will be hugely disappointing for Derby.
Their lack of goals and general threat in front of goal so far this season is a big concern, and bringing in a striker such as Austin would have surely helped them to deal with that.
As it is, this now looks like it could be another one that slips through their fingers, meaning the pressure is now on the club to go out and find another striking option in the little time there is remaining in the window.