Paul Warne has been denied a reunion with former player Michael Smith after Sheffield Wednesday rejected Derby County’s loan offer for the experienced striker.

It was revealed over the weekend that the Rams had submitted a proposal to the Owls for the 31-year-old, but The Star now report that the bid has been turned down by Xisco Munoz’ side.

It was perhaps optimistic of Derby to hope a loan deal could be secured for the frontman who bagged 20 goals last season, he is now expected to play a part in Wednesday’s first season back in the Championship.

It is unknown as of yet whether the Rams will return with an improved offer for the player labelled ‘great’ by former Owls boss Darren Moore, however, other options up top are also being explored by Derby according to reports.

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One player expected to sign for Warne’s men is Martyn Waghorn. The ex-Ram had been training with the club following his appearance in Craig Forsyth’s testimonial match during pre-season and has been offered a deal by Derby amid interest from League One rivals Blackpool.

Another player linked with the Rams, yet again, is Billy Sharp. The free agent, recently released by Sheffield United, is supposedly in talks with the East Midlands outfit but is yet to agree terms with Championship due Coventry City and Rotherham United also interested.

Warne is desperate for additions in the attacking ranks. Just James Collins and Conor Washington make up the striker department at Derby as things stand, the former of which Shrewsbury Town are keen on.

Before the Rams could even consider letting Collins depart, however, they would need to sign at least two new forwards to bolster their depth up top.

Should Warne move again for Smith?

Waghorn and Sharp would be tidy additions for Derby, although they may regret missing out on Smith if they do not return with another proposal.

The youngest of the three options, and the most proven at third tier level in recent seasons having enjoyed two consecutive promotions with Rotherham and Wednesday, you would hope that the Rams do not back down that easily from what could potentially be a difference maker in regards to additions.

It will be interesting to see what happens next. Movement is certainly expected in the coming days for Derby.