According to Football Insider, Cardiff City are lining up a free transfer move for Martyn Waghorn as the striker’s contract with the Rams expires next month.

Waghorn joined Derby from Ipswich Town in 2018 for a £5 million fee.

The former Rangers man helped Derby reach the playoffs in the 2018-19 campaign with nine goals, before hitting 12 goals the following campaign under Phillip Cocu.

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Waghorn, however, has struggled to replicate his top form this season. In 32 Championship appearances, he managed just five goals and four assists.

With his contract expiring this summer, he could leave Pride Park on a free transfer.

Football Insider claim Cardiff are plotting a move for him with manager Mick McCarthy looking to bolster his squad ahead of a potential promotion push next season.

Derby are said to be looking to extend Waghorn’s deal, yet their off-field issues and limited finances could see Cardiff step in and prize him away from the east Midlands club.

The Rams were the lowest scorers in the Championship last season. Colin Kazim-Richards turns 35 in August, while Lee Gregory returned to Stoke City after his loan spell.

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A new striker is already a top priority for manager Wayne Rooney this summer, but the club may have to bring in more than one should Waghorn depart next month.

At 31, Waghorn still has time on his side to rediscover his top form.

Former Derby manager Frank Lampard dubbed him ‘incredible’ during the 2018-19 campaign, while Cardiff boss McCarthy will know all about him from his time at Portman Road.

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