Report: Jack Marriott wanted Nottingham Forest move, but now Derby County are leading the race

Jack Marriott of Peterborough United celebrates scoring his team's third goal during The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Aston Villa and Peterborough United at Villa Park on...

Derby County are said to have moved in front of Nottingham Forest in the race to sign Jack Marriott.

Jack Marriott of Peterborough United during the EFL Checkatrade Trophy Third Round match between Luton Town and Peterborough United at Kenilworth Road on January 9, 2018 in Luton, England.

Peterborough United director of football Barry Fry has told the Peterborough Evening Telegraph that Derby County are now ahead of Nottingham Forest in the race to sign Jack Marriott.

Fry had previously stated how Forest were the club that Marriott favoured joining this summer, due to their illustrious history.

But, having met with Frank Lampard, Fry now thinks that Derby are leading the race for the clinical forward.

“Jack does want to join Nottingham Forest,” Fry admitted. “But Derby’s interest is recent and I would say they have a better chance of making us the right sort of offer.

Leon Barnett of Northampton Town clears  the ball under pressure from Jack Marriott of Peterborough United during the Sky Bet League One match between Peterborough United and Northampton...

“I spoke to Frank Lampard and his father at the play-off finals which was before he had got the Derby job, although it was common knowledge he would be appointed."

Posh are said to be looking for £6.5 million for Marriott, which means he would be an expensive addition for either Derby or Forest to make.

Marriott was the top scorer in the Football League last term, when he netted 33 goals for Posh.

Peterborough United's English striker Jack Marriott (L) takes on Leicester City's English defender Harry Maguire (R) during the English FA Cup fourth round football match between...

The former Luton man looks ready to make the step up to the Championship, with eight teams believed to be chasing his signature.

Forest appear to have money to spend this summer, with Aitor Karanka already looking to bring in Joao Carvalho for £13 million.

Derby don’t have such considerable funds, but could raise money for Marriott from the sale of Matej Vydra.

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