Some Derby County supporters have responded to Serdar Dursun’s latest messages on Twitter following his hat-trick in Darmstadt’s 4-1 win over Erzgebirge Aue.
The 6ft 3inch striker was heavily linked with a move to Derby last summer.
Then boss Phillip Cocu sounded out the Turkish centre-forward as a replacement for Chris Martin who joined Bristol City after his contract expired at Pride Park.
According to Bild, Derby were knocked back with a £900,000 bid.
Derby have since struggled for goals this season, while Dursun is enjoying another prolific campaign in-front of goal as his latest treble took him to 15 in 26 games this season.
Dursun posted his delight on social media site Twitter after the game, prompting some Derby fans to respond with regrets at missing out on him last summer.
Goal machine, still pissed we didn’t get you at Derby earlier on in the season, especially knowing you really wanted to be here 😰🐏 #DerbysNumber9️⃣
— Stefan Broo🐏e (@StefanBroome) March 14, 2021
See you at derby next season x
— Stephen Carruthers (@DerbyFanSteve) March 14, 2021
With king @ColinKazim next season 🤔🐏
— ToneBlues (@MSR_78) March 15, 2021
We really did mess this up by not agreeing a fee. Hope we can still sign him
— karl donnelly (@bango_don) March 15, 2021
Yes big man🔥⚽️💪🏻
— Russell Pope (@RussellPope99) March 14, 2021
Congratulations Serdar, goal machine! 🔥🔥🔥
— Stefan Broo🐏e (@StefanBroome) March 13, 2021
— 🎙The Ramswriter Podcast🎙 (@ramswriter) March 13, 2021
The failure to sign Dursun arguably cost Phillip Cocu his job at Derby.
Colin Kazim-Richards has since filled the role up top, scoring seven goals so far, but he was unfit at the beginning of the season when Cocu needed him most.
Martyn Waghorn, meanwhile, has managed just three goals this season while Jack Marriott is on loan at Sheffield Wednesday after falling out of favour at Pride Park.
Dursun’s contract at Darmstadt expires in the summer. The 29-year-old could be a bargain for many clubs, but Derby may have missed their chance to get him.
Work permit regulations may now prove a stumbling block. Moreover, the striker’s form will no doubt have attracted other clubs with a move to the Bundesliga a possibility.