According to The Sun correspondent Alan Nixon on Twitter, Sheffield Wednesday are considering a loan offer for Derby County striker Jack Marriott ahead of the deadline.
The international deadline has already passed, but a ‘domestic deadline’ allowing for EFL clubs to continue doing business is open until Friday October 16.
Ironically, both Derby and the Owls are after another striker.
But while Derby are predominantly in search of a target man figure, Wednesday would welcome a speedy striker capable of playing on the last shoulder and running in behind.
And according to Nixon, Garry Monk’s side are viewing Marriott as an option.
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Marriott joined Derby in the summer of 2018 from Peterborough United.
Sky Sports claimed the Rams paid the League One club an initial £4 million, and during the 2018-19 campaign it seems as if Derby had struck a potential bargain.
Marriott, 26, scored ten goals in 19 Championship starts that season. Then manager Frank Lampard sung his praises, claiming he had a big future (Sky Sports).
He’s a boy who scores goals and I don’t want to give him too much because he needs to keep scoring, and I don’t want him to get a big head! But he looks lean, he looks fast, committed to defend for the team and, more than that, he can get us goals. He wants to practice after training every day and sometimes I have to hold him back . Other days I don’t because I love seeing that, and to see him do it makes me realise that if he keeps doing it he’s got every opportunity to have a big future
But unfortunately for Marriott, fitness issues stumped his progress somewhat last season as he made just ten league starts, scoring two goals and adding two assists.
Now, it’s evident Marriott, standing at 5ft 7inch, doesn’t suit Derby’s style of play under manager Phillip Cocu and a fresh start elsewhere could be what he needs.
The striker’s contract at Derby expires next summer. It’s likely the club have an option to extend this, making a loan move ahead of the deadline all the more possible.