Derby County have joined Championship rivals Sheffield Wednesday and Middlesbrough in the race to sign West Bromwich Albion striker Kenneth Zohore, according to The Northern Echo.
An ill-timed injury might have ruled the Danish forward out of West Brom’s opening game of the new Premier League season on Sunday.
But even if Zohore was fully fit, it would have been a surprise to see him in action against a rampant Leicester City side at the Hawthorns.
The £8 million signing started only five of a possible 46 Championship games last term. And if Slaven Bilic doesn’t trust Zohore against the likes of Luton, he was never going to lead the line when Leicester came to town.
The Sun (13 September, page 61) reports the former Cardiff City ace is available for transfer having slipped behind Charlie Austin, Callum Robinson and Hal Robson-Kanu in the pecking order.
But his £50,000-a-week wages are proving to be a substantial stumbling block. It remains to be seen whether Derby have the funds to offer Zohore a fresh start at Pride Park.
If Phillip Cocu is to end the Rams’ exile from the top flight in his second season in charge, his side will need a more ruthless streak in attack and Derby will hope Zohore can rediscover the form that saw him inspire an unfancied Cardiff to promotion in 2018.
The Echo adds that Neil Warnock would love to reunite with the 26-year-old at Boro. The chance to work with Wednesday boss Garry Monk, a manager who has a remarkable track record when it comes to getting the best out of centre-forwards, should appeal too.
“He’s (Zohore) a good player,” Warnock told the Echo recently.
“I think everyone knows he played two-thirds of a season for me and was outstanding and helped us get promotion. Now he’s got a very lucrative contract in the Premier League I would imagine.”
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