Report: Derby County preparing move for second-choice loan target

Ross McCormack injured for Leeds United

With Jordan Rhodes set to stay with Blackburn, Derby County have highlighted a second-choice loan signing.

The Rams are looking to secure a striking replacement for the injured Darren Bent and Chris Martin, and the Daily Mail believes that they are looking at Fulham man Ross McCormack.

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.

He has been utilised as more of a playmaker for the Cottagers than his old striking role that saw him claim the Championship top scorer award last season, but his goalscoring threat remains.

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.

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