Steve McClaren had attempted to lure Jordan Rhodes away from Blackburn earlier this week, as per the Telegraph, with the promotion race heating up, but that move looks to have fallen through.
The need for a striker has become apparent in the last few weeks, with the Midlands club stuttering in the race for the Premier League and falling onto equal points with three other clubs. Martin and Bent are out of action, and Rhodes would have provided a consistent and proven goalscoring threat at Championship level.
With a deal for one Scotland international striker off the table, it now appears as if McCormack has become the Rams main target, according to that Mail report.
Despite playing in a struggling Fulham side, the striker - who arrived at Craven Cottage for £11 million from Leeds United in the summer - has netted 10 goals in 35 games, assisting nine more.
The Rams are keen to secure the Scot on a loan deal with the option to purchase him outright at the end of the season. The 28-year-old may be keen on such a move as it opens the door to potential Premier League football next season, but it is unlikely that Fulham will sanction a move with McCormack’s talents key to their survival in the second tier.