Derby County are still in the market for a striker ahead of the transfer window closing on September 1st, and they could revisit a deal for Sheffield Wednesday’s Michael Smith.

The Rams had a loan offer rejected for Smith last month, but Darren Witcoop states that the move is still one to keep an eye on.

This will come as welcome news to Derby supporters who know the importance of bringing in an extra forward before the close of play with options currently limited in the attacking department.

Currently at Paul Warne’s disposal is James Collins, Conor Washington and Martyn Waghorn.

Collins, the only one of the three that was at the club last season, started the campaign as the first choice striker but has recently been dropped. He has also been linked with a move away from Pride Park if Derby bring in suitable additions up top.

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Washington was brought into the side from Rotherham United and missed the majority of
pre-season with an injury, but scored his first goal for the club in a 3-0 victory away to Burton Albion in recent weeks.

Waghorn signed for Warne’s men as a free agent, beginning his second spell with the club following three years spent with the Rams between 2018 and 2021 – he grabbed his first goal back at the club in a 2-1 defeat at home to Oxford United.

The three players are experienced options, but none have been prolific in recent years and Derby appear to be feeling the effects of that.

What is next for Smith?

Smith hit 20 goals for the Owls last season, labelled ‘great’ by Darren Moore, and now appears surplus to requirements at Hillsborough, so it all comes down to what type of deal could be struck.

It is unlikely that the Rams will be able to strike a loan deal for the 31-year-old following their previous rejected bid, so we will have to wait and see how things develop.

It is refreshing, however, to see that there is still a chance of Derby landing their target.