Reported Derby County and Queens Park Rangers target Uche Ikpeazu had a moment to forget on Saturday as Hearts were involved in an entertaining 3-3 draw with St Johnstone.

The Rams were listed as one of several Championship clubs keen on Ikpeazu.

(Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images).

West London Sport named Bristol City, Queens Park Rangers and Derby as teams to have scouted the Hearts striker following his impressive form north of the border.

But if Derby or QPR had watchers at St. Johnstone, the striker would hope they missed his blooper.

The 6ft 3inch man tried to control a simple pass to him out wide. Instead, he knocked it out of play before falling over after standing on top of the ball.

Ikpeazu has struggled for form since reports of Championship interest. He has scored just two goals in 23 Scottish Premiership appearances this season.

 

The 24-year-old, dubbed the world’s fifth strongest footballer in the FIFA 20 edition, is pacey and powerful. He struck eight goals in 26 games for Hearts last season.

But he has gone off the boil somewhat this season and he needs a reboot.

Derby, meanwhile, have plenty of striker options. Martyn Waghorn, Jack Marriott, Chris Martin and Wayne Rooney are all capable of playing upfront.

(Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images).

But manager Phillip Cocu may still look to bring in a target man next summer.

Also see: Cocu provides update on potential Derby signing; claims ‘positive talks’ under way

Also see: Report explains why Derby missed out on signing Dutch ace on deadline day

 

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