Middlesbrough's David Nugent in action
The Rams are too heavily reliant on Chris Martin in the striking department and a move for Nugent would seem to make sense.
The former Portsmouth and Leicester City striker has unquestionable Championship pedigree, and would be a fantastic addition to the Derby squad, albeit maybe not as a regular starter.
David Nugent of Middlesbrough in action with Richard Stearman of Fulham
The East Midlands club seem to be developing a common theme in the Championship, where they regularly get off to flying starts before succumbing to dramatic collapses of form and confidence.
In the 2014/15 season it was injuries to Martin and strike partner at the time that hindered their promotion chances, and they should make the necessary signings to ensure that scenario is avoided in the future.
Having more options up front is vital in what is such a long and physically demanding season in England's second tier.
Middlesbrough's David Nugent in action with Brighton's Gordon Greer
Nugent only made 24 league starts last term for Middlesbrough, and they have plenty of other attacking options.
The 31-year-old could find his first-team opportunities limited even further following Boro's acquisition of Spanish striker Alvaro Negredo, and a potential move to The iPro Stadium could turn out to be just as beneficial for him as it would be for the club.
Should a move come to fruition, Boro would free up salary and squad space to potentially bring in even further reinforcements for the season ahead.
BETVICTOR have a flurry of clubs priced at 6/1 second favourites for Nugent's signature, including Newcastle United, Cardiff City and Wolverhampton Wanderers.
David Nugent of Middlesborough in action