Derby County are reportedly interested in signing Luton Town striker James Collins, according to reports from the Telegraph.
Collins, who joined Luton on the back of scoring 20 goals for Crawley Town in 2016/17, has been a key player for the Hatters since his move to Kenilworth Road.
The striker scored 19 goals to help Luton win promotion from League Two in 2017/18. The following season, he scored 25 goals to spearhead the Hatters’ promotion push to the Championship.
The goals haven’t dried up for the Republic of Ireland international since. 14 were scored in 46 Championship outings as the Hatters avoided an immediate relegation last term.
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This season, the 30-year-old has scored seven goals in 33 Championship outings for Luton, but is attracting interest as his contract continues to run down.
According to the Telegraph, Derby and Preston North End are monitoring Collins’ situation, with his contract set to expire this summer.
Here, we take a look at one winner and one loser if Derby do go out and sign Collins this summer…
Winner: Colin Kazim-Richards
Kazim-Richards has been such a key player for Derby since joining the club on a free transfer in the summer.
The 34-year-old has scored seven goals in 30 Championship outings this season, and has already penned a contract extension to keep him at the club until next season.
But there is a massive burden on Kazim-Richards’ shoulders at the moment. He is their leading goalscorer by some way, with Martyn Waghorn and Jason Knight both tied on three goals.
Bringing in another striker would ease the pressure of Kazim-Richards’ shoulders.
Loser: Martyn Waghorn
Waghorn has endured a frustrating campaign for Derby.
The 31-year-old has made 27 appearances in the Championship, 17 of those coming as starts, scoring three goals.
Wayne Rooney recently came out and criticised Waghorn’s attitude in training, too, leaving his future at Pride Park up in the air.
Waghorn is out of contract in the summer, and with the club reportedly considering other striking options, this doesn’t particularly bode well for the forward.