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Steve McClaren eyes reunion with Derby man at QPR in make-or-break career move



Steve McClaren has not even been officially unveiled as the new Queens Park Rangers manager yet but he is already considering his first transfer move.

According to a report by The Telegraph, Steve McClaren could try to bring Derby County striker Chris Martin to QPR this summer.

After losing 2-0 to Fulham at Craven Cottage and 2-1 on aggregate, Derby were consigned to another year in the Championship after failing to win promotion via the play-offs.

As a result of their failure to go up, Derby manager Gary Rowett is looking to offload a few players to generate funds for reinvestment and the likes of Matej Vydra, Scott Carson, Richard Keogh and Ikechi Anya have been identified as saleable assets.

Martin could also be let go this summer with McClaren thought to be keen if he gets the QPR job as expected.

The pair worked together at Derby during Martin’s prime with the Rams.

The 29-year-old now looks set to leave Pride Park after two turbulent loan spells in the last couple of seasons at Fulham and then Reading.

The Scotland international played 10 games for the Royals, scoring just once, and is now looking to reignite his stalling career elsewhere – possibly at QPR with McClaren.

The Verdict

QPR have been desperately lacking a goal scorer for a while now and have never properly replaced Charlie Austin.

For Martin, this summer is make-or-break; he could either re-establish himself as a top Championship forward or his reputation could take a further hit if he once again struggles in front of goal.

A few seasons ago, the Scotsman was regularly scoring more than 15 goals a season but his recent poor form means that he is a gamble that the Hoops perhaps cannot afford to take.

QPR fans – Would you like Martin? Derby fans – Would you like to sell Martin? Let us know below…

NCTJ-qualified journalist - University of Birmingham undergraduate - King's College London postgraduate - Coventry City and West Ham United