Report: Derby County's Nick Blackman nears Sporting Gijon move

Frank Lampard, Manager of Derby County celebrates following his team's victory in the Sky Bet Championship match between Reading and Derby County at Madejski Stadium on August 3, 2018 in...

Nick Blackman's disappointing spell in the Championship with Derby County is reportedly coming to an end, with manager Frank Lampard allegedly not keen.

Nick Blackman of Derby County passes the ball as Richard Duffy of Notts County challenges during a Pre-Season match between Notts County and Derby County at Meadow Lane Stadium on July 14,...

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.

Nick Blackman of Maccabi Tel Aviv celebrates a goal during the Europa League match between Villarreal CF and Maccabi Tel Aviv at Estadio de la Ceramica on december 7, 2017 in Vila-real,...

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.

Ruben Baraja, Head Coach of Real Sporting de Gijon looks on during the La Liga 123 play off match between Real Valladolid and Real Sporting de Gijon at Estadio Jose Zorrilla on June 7,...

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