HITC Sport understands Sheffield United have enquired about the Derby striker, as they struggle to agree a fee for Martyn Waghorn of Ipswich Town.
Nugent, who has scored 15 goals in 57 games for Derby, is one of four senior strikers on the books at Pride Park, along with Matej Vydra, Chris Martin, Cameron Jerome and former Blade Nick Blackman.
And after recently entering the final year of his contract at Pride Park, the 33-year-old could be moved on sooner rather than later, ensuring the Rams receive a fee for a player for whom they paid around £2.5 million 18 months ago.
Already, some Derby supporters are already making plans for after Nugent's departure, with Peterborough United's Jack Marriott proving a popular target.
This is what they're saying on Twitter...
Love Nuge but he's way past it now. Move him on and bring in Marriott.— stephen. (@dcfcstephen) 23 July 2018
Great guy but well past it, now get marriott— Dcfc RamZz (@dcfc_4_life) 23 July 2018
Jack Marriott incomingggggg pleaseeeee— DCFC (@DcfcFansTalk) 23 July 2018
I don’t see us letting Nugent leave unless Marriott joins. https://t.co/atpQMIhiTn— Taylor Holmes (@taylorhxlmes) 23 July 2018
If the price is right let him go can see him doing well at the blades #moremoneyformarriott— Mawgen hogg (@MawgenH) 23 July 2018
Good lad...great experience..but we must move forward..younger striker needed to progress ..Will do well in this league still— mickymoo dcfc (@michaelbates8) 23 July 2018
Would be a good move for all parties, wouldn't want us left with v little up front however.— paul starkey (@lunar_werewolf) 23 July 2018
Love Nuge but if the price is right I wouldn't mind him going— Tommy Powell ⚽ (@DCFCLampard8) 23 July 2018
Hopefully Nugent to Sheff Utd happens— B E N (@BenjaminJJ03) 23 July 2018
Makes sense. We've got too many strikers. They want Blackman as well?— Matt T (@Tweddds) 23 July 2018
Would Nugent be a good signing for Sheffield United?