According to Sport Buzzer, Hannover 96 have dropped their interest in signing reported Derby County target Serdar Dursun ahead of the January transfer deadline.

The Darmstadt striker is out of contract at the end of the season.

Derby first registered an interest in Dursun last summer. However, Bild claim the Rams failed with a £900,000 bid as Darmstadt hadn’t found a replacement for him.

The Bundesliga II side now face a big dilemma ahead of the transfer deadline.

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Hannover moved for Dursun earlier this month. Bild claim the Reds offered £450,000 for his services, but Darmstadt refused with the club seeking a higher fee.

Darmstadt must decide whether to cash in on him now and potentially run the risk of relegation at the end of the season, or likely lose Dursun for free in the summer.

But the latest reports from Sport Buzzer claim Hannover have moved on from their interest and will target another striker ahead of next Monday’s 5pm deadline.

If reports are true, it could give Derby a free run to finally land their summer target.

Dursun, 29, stands at 6ft 3inch. He is strong in the air, good with his back to goal and can bring others into play. He is an ideal alternative to Colin Kazim-Richards.

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The Rams have sorely missed striker options this season. With just 15 goals scored in 24 league games, Derby are the Championship’s joint-lowest scorers.

Wayne Rooney’s side, however, have yet to sign a player this month with the prospective takeover dragging on and impeding their ability to strengthen the squad.

Rooney seemingly remains confident of securing a player or two before the deadline, but time is against Derby and they must start acting now.

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