Championship trio Fulham, Reading and Sunderland have all enquired about the availability of Derby County striker Chris Martin, according to John Percy of the Telegraph.

Martin is believed to be able to leave the Rams on loan this month, with a number of clubs keen on signing the experienced Championship hitman.

Martin has made just five league starts this season and has found himself behind a number of other strikers in the pecking order this season. David Nugent, Sam Winnall, Matej Vydra and Andreas Weimann are all currently ahead of the 29-year old in Gary Rowett’s plans.

Reading have been chasing a new number nine since last summer, and have also been linked with a move for Barnsley striker Tom Bradshaw. Manager Jaap Stam confirmed his interest in the Welshmen today, but if reports are to be believed then Martin is another option to strengthen the Royals’ forward line.

Meanwhile, Fulham are also thought to have asked about the Scottish international. Martin spent last season on loan at the Cottagers, scoring 11 goals in 34 appearances.

Fulham have struggled to find a consistent goal scorer, with summer signings Rui Fonte and Aboubakar Kamara both struggling to make an impact this season. The pair have conjured up just seven-league goals between them so far in a Fulham shirt.

The last club to linked with Martin are Sunderland, who are desperate for attacking reinforcements after top scorer Lewis Grabban was recalled early from him loan spell by parent club Bournemouth.

Chris Coleman is only able to use the loan market this month to boost his squad, and a move for Martin could help fill the void left by Grabban.

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