According to BILD, Derby County are set to miss out on the signing of Serdar Dursun with the striker to feature for Darmstadt on Monday evening at Nuremberg.

The Rams are looking to add a new striker before the transfer deadline.

Dursun emerged as a target last week, with the 28-year-old target man attracting attention after netting an impressive 19 goals in 36 games for Darmstadt last term.

SV Darmstadt 98 v Hannover 96 - Second Bundesliga
(Photo by Ronald Wittek/Pool via Getty Images).

Derby’s offer for the striker, however, falls short of the German club’s valuation.

Bild claim Derby have offered up to £900,000. Darmstadt, meanwhile, are seeking almost double despite the player’s contract expiring in the summer of 2021.

The German editorial add that Derby are unlikely to offer again, while the striker is content to remain at Darmstadt with one eye on playing for Turkey at Euro 2021.

If reports are true, then it is a blow for Derby as they seek a new striker.

The Rams have scored just twice in their opening four league games, with one of those coming via a wonderful freekick from Wayne Rooney in the 1-0 win at Norwich City.

Aside from the lack of goals, a target man is seemingly essential to manager Phillip Cocu’s way of playing and Chris Martin’s exit in the summer has left a big void.

(Photo by James Gill – Danehouse/Getty Images).

Dursun stands at 6ft 3inch. He is strong, good in the air and a willing runner. He would have been ideal for Derby, but it seems a potential deal is now off the cards.

Attentions on deadline day may now turn to West Bromwich Albion’s Charlie Austin.

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