Not much has gone right for Nick Blackman since he swapped Reading for Derby County in January 2016 to the tune of £2.5 million.
The forward has made just 24 Championship appearances for the Rams in the last two-and-a-half years, scoring a grand total of one goal. The 28-year-old, who holds dual Israeli citizenship, even spent last season on loan at Maccabi Haifa.
And, despite scoring 10 goals in 31 games out in Israel, it seems Blackman will not be offered a second chance at Derby.
The Derby Telegraph reports that he does not appear to be part of Frank Lampard’s plans, having featured just twice in pre-season. And Blackman could seal a shock move to Spain in the coming days.
It is claimed that Sporting Gijon are keen to offer Blackman an escape route, with Marca believing that he could be presented at his new club as soon as Saturday. Gijon’s head coach, the former Spain international midfielder Ruben Baraja (below), is understood to have driven the deal.
The Rojiblancos boast one of the most impressive fan bases in Spanish football, but are currently stuck in the second tier after being relegated from La Liga in 2017. They finished fourth last season but lost to Real Valladolid in the play-off semi finals.