Reported Derby County target James Collins could play a big role in the Rams’ bid for survival as his Luton Town side host Rotherham United in midweek.

According to the Telegraph, Derby are keen on Collins who is out of contract this summer.

The Rams may have in mind who they’d like to bring in this summer, but their immediate attentions should be concentrating on securing their Championship status.

A run of six straight defeats means they face a final day showdown with Sheffield Wednesday.

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The Rams host the Owls knowing a final day defeat would see Darren Moore’s side leapfrog Derby in the table and relegate the east Midlands club at the same time.

Rotherham, meanwhile, could still relegate them both.

The Millers sit on 40 points, three points behind Derby but with a superior goal difference. In midweek, Rotherham travel to Luton to play their final game in hand.

Paul Warne’s side are on an awful run of form too. However, their draw at home to Blackburn Rovers at the weekend has left their survival bid in their own hands.

Derby must hope Rotherham drop points so they can go into the final game knowing their own fate is up to them, and Luton’s Collins may ultimately give the Rams a hand.

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Collins, 30, has scored 13 goals in all competitions for Luton this season.

The forward is in good form, scoring three and grabbing one assist in his last six games.

Derby have lacked potency upfront as they are the lowest scorers in the Championship. And now, a potential summer forward signing could provide a big boost for their survival.

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