According to a recent report by the Northern Echo, Derby County, Sheffield Wednesday and Middlesbrough want to sign Kenneth Zohore from West Bromwich Albion.
The Danish striker has been tipped to leave West Brom before the deadline.
Boro, Wednesday and Derby are all in the hunt for a new striker and Zohore’s pedigree at that level makes him an ideal target for the Championship trio.
Zohore played the best football of his career under Warnock at Cardiff, helping the somewhat unfancied Bluebirds earn promotion to the Premier League in 2018.
“He’s a manager’s dream, the first on the team sheet,” Warnock told Alan Brazil on talkSPORT on 28 September, 2017.
Warnock will be hoping he can re-unite with the striker at Middlesbrough.
But Boro reportedly face competition for his signature from both Wednesday and Derby.
The Owls may be on the lookout for a similar type of physical striker to Steven Fletcher after the former Sunderland man joined Stoke City this summer.
Derby, meanwhile, look blunt upfront and Chris Martin’s exit has left a void.
Phillip Cocu enjoyed plenty of success in charge of PSV Eindhoven with Luuk de Jong upfront – a target man who can hold up the ball, bully defenders and threaten in the air.
The Dutchman doesn’t have that type of player at Pride Park, and Martyn Waghorn’s current absence with injury leaves Derby with Jack Marriott as the only other senior option.
Marriott, standing at 5ft 8inch, has struggled to lead the line. The former Peterborough United man plays better in a forward pair, but Derby don’t play with two up top.
Zohore, a 6ft 2inch battering ram, would be ideal in Derby’s current system.