Former Derby County striker Jamie Ward is a target for Nottingham Forest and Sheffield Wednesday, according to HITC Sport.
Ward was released by Derby despite having a year left on his contract after being told by Rams boss Steve McClaren that he was no longer needed at the iPro Stadium.
The Northern Ireland international fell down the pecking order after the turn of the year following the arrivals of Tom Ince and Jesse Lingard from Hull City and Manchester United respectively.
The news of Ward’s surprising release has sparked a flurry of interest from a number of Championship clubs.
The 29-year-old scored 34 goals in 149 appearances for Derby after joining from Sheffield United in 2011.
Derby’s arch rivals Nottingham Forest are understood to leading the chase as they can only sign free agents and loan players whilst under a transfer embargo.
Sheffield Wednesday are also keeping tabs on Ward as they look to strengthen their squad for next season.
Ward began his career at Aston Villa and enjoyed spells at Stockport County (loan), Torquay United, Chesterfield, Sheffield United and Derby.
The striker has 13 caps for Northern Ireland, scoring twice.