According to Rob Dorsett at Sky Sports, Derby County are in talks to sign West Bromwich Albion striker Charlie Austin ahead of the transfer deadline.
It’s no secret Derby are trying to bring in a new striker before October 5.
The Rams have struggled for goals this season, scoring just twice in four Championship games while needing penalties to beat Barrow in the Carabao Cup after a 0-0 draw.
A report by the Express and Star this past week claimed Austin was a target.
Now, Rob Dorsett at Sky Sports has gone one further, writing on his Twitter account how the Rams are in talks with the Baggies over a deal for the 31-year-old.
#dcfc in talks with #wba over a short term deal for Charlie Austin. In final year of his contract so if agreement reached, he’s unlikely to go back to Albion.
— Rob Dorsett (@RobDorsettSky) October 3, 2020
Austin only joined West Brom last summer on a two-year deal.
The former Southampton man is pocketing £70,000 per week at West Brom. It remains to be seen how Derby intend to package a deal for him considering their own financial situation.
One thing that can’t be overlooked though is Austin’s record at Championship level.
The striker has promotions with West Brom and previously Queens Park Rangers, netting 17 goals for the Hoops in 2014 as they beat Derby in the playoff final.
Steve McClaren was manager of Derby at the time, and the former Rams boss later reportedly tried to sign Austin during his short spell at Newcastle United in 2015 (Guardian).
Current Newcastle boss Steve Bruce, meanwhile, told Sky Sports how Austin was a terrific player with a brilliant attitude as he wanted to sign him with Hull City in 2013.
Austin certainly has a list of renowned supporters. But what Derby will be potentially hopeful of now is the striker rediscovering his form at Pride Park this season.
Phillip Cocu’s side got their first points on the board with a dogged 1-0 win at Norwich City. However, despite the positive result, the signs of needing a new striker are still there.
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