Some Derby County supporters have taken to Twitter to question the reports linking the Rams with a move for Wycombe Wanderers striker Uche Ikpeazu this summer.
According to Sky Sports, Derby are keen on signing Ikpeazu.
The Rams, alongside Millwall, Middlesbrough and Nottingham Forest, are looking to prize away the Wycombe striker who posted six goals and three assists last term.
Derby are desperately short on strikers and it’s an area to strengthen.
But some Rams supporters feel the link to Ikepazu is unrealistic. Amid EFL charges and a current embargo, Derby seemingly aren’t in a position to sign contracted players.
He’s not on a free, therefore we can’t sign him. Pointless discussing any one who’s not on a free until the embargo is gone.
— Scott Gration (@srgsrg91) June 16, 2021
Any links related to Derby County at this time are utter tripe, we have no money, no owner who’s going to put any money in and no fans – these articles are not worth the finger taps they’ve been created with
— Roger Bolstridge (@DarleysNo6) June 16, 2021
most of sky sports links to us are rubbish now days
— ًinglish fan 🏴 wales hater (@v2_UKL) June 16, 2021
won’t happen as we won’t sign anyone whilst Mel Morris is at the club.
— Dean Rams fan 80s (@Rams80s) June 16, 2021
I doubt anyone will be signed for a fee until any takeover has happened
— Countyram (@Countyram) June 16, 2021
Not for us either anything above Sunday League players is out of reach.
— Spen🐏 (@MarkSpendlove) June 16, 2021
Derby will do well, given they’re under embargo! Get’s them clicks though I suppose.
— Líp (@NahItsLyingTho) June 16, 2021
Derby’s striker situation:
Derby recently released their retained list. As it stands, only 14 players are contracted to the club beyond this summer and one senior striker in Colin Kazim-Richards.
Martyn Waghorn’s future is up in the air despite receiving a contract offer.
Ikpeazu would be an interesting addition. Derby were reportedly keen on him in 2019, with West London Sport also claiming Queens Park Rangers were monitoring his progress.
The physical target man ultimately joined Wycombe from Hearts last summer.
Ikepazu still has two years left on his contract. After a decent debut season at Championship level, it’s no surprise to see clubs interested in signing him now.
Wycombe, however, are unlikely to let their talisman leave on the cheap.
The EFL situation should all-but rule Derby out of the running. The Rams are in limbo, while owner Mel Morris remains keen to sell the club after two failed takeover bids.