Steve still loves the Eredivisie. pic.twitter.com/Efuh4pfn5R— Peter McVitie (@PeterMcVitie) December 7, 2014
According to the Sun, as quoted in the Derby Telegraph, Derby are planning an ambitious January move for first choice transfer target Luc Castaignos, but are also keeping an eye on CSKA Moscow striker Tomas Necid, who is on loan at PEC Zwolle.
McClaren, who managed FC Twente to their first ever Eredivisie title, was spotted with chairman Joop Munsterman at their game at the weekend which quickly prompted rumours that the Rams could be planning an audacious bid to land one of the top rated strikers in the Dutch league. Although, unfortunately, injury prevented the 22-year-old from taking to the field.
The former Inter Milan striker has scored 9 league goals in 14 appearances this season, leaving him second only to Michiel Kramer in the Eredivisie top goalscorers list, and has been praised in the media for his outstanding performances.
According to reports in the Daily Mail, Swansea came close to snapping up the talented Dutch youth international in the summer after having a bid around the £6.5 million mark accepted, but the deal never materialised. And after building further on his reputation and form in Holland, the asking price is unlikely to have dropped.
Earlier this season, Newcastle were also reported to be interested in the striker and were said to be keeping a close eye on his situation at Twente, but Steve McClaren must believe his high-flying Championship club have a chance at landing his signature.
Following on from the fees paid for the likes of Britt Assombalonga, Ross McCormack and Jordan Rhodes, the size of the transfer fee needed to land the player would not be unusual for the Football League. However, if the move does materialise, it would likely eclipse the Rams' transfer record that Robert Earnshaw set in 2007 at £3.5 million.
The interest in the striker, if true, indicates the Rams owners and investors are serious about promotion and are willing to put their hand in their pocket to back the former England boss with everything he needs to get over the line.