According to the Birmingham Mail, Derby County are leading a chase for Ipswich Town striker Martyn Waghorn, despite interest from a number of other clubs including Birmingham City, Middlesbrough and fierce rivals, Nottingham Forest.

Waghorn moved to Portman Road at the start of last season for a fee of around £1m and went on to become one of the top scorers in the Championship with 16 goals in 44 games for the Tractorboys and now Derby County are reportedly the frontrunners for the striker’s signature.

At present, a vast number of clubs seem to be chasing a quality striker and Waghorn’s stock seems to have risen dramatically with several clubs chasing after his signature.

The forward has played for several clubs during his career including Sunderland, Leicester City and Wigan Athletic and now could be set for his next move with his future seemingly lying away from Portman Road.

It’s likely Ipswich could sell the forward for a rather healthy profit with the fact that the Championship has seen a number of strikers moved for heavily inflated prices and with the striker seemingly in demand by a number of clubs, a move away from Portman Road may cost another club upwards of £7m or £8m if Ipswich can force clubs hands.

Given the fact that Waghorn is 28 years-old, he’s got plenty of experience and would be a valuable addition to a number of squads.

If he is to move on, Ipswich Town manager Paul Hurst may opt to bring in a similar replacement from League One or Scotland for a couple of million – however, we’ll have to wait to see if anybody can win the race to bring Waghorn to their club first.

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