According to Sky Sports, Derby County are in the race to sign striker Uche Ikpeazu following Wycombe Wanderers’ relegation.

The Chairboys signed Ikpeazu from Heart of Midlothian last summer, and he could be on the move again this summer.

Ikpeazu, 26, hit six goals in 31 Championship games last season and even added three assists in a decent campaign.

Wycombe Wanderers v Derby County - Sky Bet Championship
HIGH WYCOMBE, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 16: Andre Wisdom of Derby County in action with Uche Ikpeazu of Wycombe Wanderers during the Sky Bet Championship match between Wycombe Wanderers and Derby County at Adams Park on February 16, 2021 in High Wycombe, England. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

Ikpeazu is a nightmare for defenders, because he’s a huge physical presence with great work rate and more mobility than you’d expect.

A classic target man, Ikpeazu may not be flashy, but defenders hate to play against him – and that may be what Wayne Rooney wants.

 

The problem for Derby is that three other Championship clubs want Ikpeazu; Middlesbrough, Millwall and bitter rivals Nottingham Forest are also keen.

Wycombe Wanderers v AFC Bournemouth - Sky Bet Championship
HIGH WYCOMBE, ENGLAND – MAY 01: Uche Ikpeazu of Wycombe Wanderers celebrates after he scores a goal to make it 1-0 during the Sky Bet Championship match between Wycombe Wanderers and AFC Bournemouth at Adams Park on May 01, 2021 in High Wycombe, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Robin Jones – AFC Bournemouth/AFC Bournemouth via Getty Images)

Ikpeazu still has two years left on his deal with Wycombe, but having dropped into League One, he is described as being an ‘affordable option’ for Championship clubs.

Derby need to recruit strikers, and whilst Ikpeazu isn’t a prolific goalscorer, he could be a battering ram in attack to give Rooney a really physical dimension up top.

After all, Steven Gerrard once branded Ikpeazu ‘unplayable’ and a ‘real handful’, with the striker now potentially set to play for Gerrard’s former England teammate Rooney.

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