According to Football Insider, Peterborough United have joined Hull City in the race to sign Derby County striker Jack Marriott on a free transfer.

Marriott joined Derby from Peterborough in 2018 for around £4 million.

The 26-year-old enjoyed a decent debut campaign at Pride Park, scoring ten goals in 19 starts as the Rams reached the playoff final under the guidance of Frank Lampard.

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Marriott, however, fell out of favour under Lampard’s successor Phillip Cocu.

The striker struggled for form and fitness, later joining Sheffield Wednesday on loan last season.

A recent report by the Hull Daily Mail claimed Hull were close to sign him. A medical had been scheduled for Marriott as manager Grant McCann eyes a reunion.

But the latest from Football Insider now say Peterborough want him back.

Marriott’s contract expires next month. Derby looked to extend his deal last December, but the EFL turned down the request with the Rams currently under an embargo.

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Marriott enjoyed success at Peterborough:

Peterborough know all about Marriott’s quality. He netted 27 goals for the Posh in League One, and now Darren Ferguson’s side will look to establish at Championship level.

Derby, meanwhile, are down to the bare bones. Only 14 senior players are contracted to the club beyond this month, and there is a lack of striker options.

Colin Kazim-Richards turns 35 in August. Martyn Waghorn, on the other hand, is also out of contract in the coming weeks and could depart on a free transfer.

While Marriott hasn’t been a roaring success for Derby over the past three years, losing him on a free will be a blow to the club.

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