Derby County are willing to pay a record fee to try and sign striker Benik Afobe from Championship rivals Wolves, according to The Sun’s Alan Nixon.

The 22-year-old has 10 goals in 27 appearances for the West Midlands outfit this season, and is regarded as one of the Championship’s hottest prospects.

Since making the move from Arsenal, Afobe has found the net 23 times in 48 appearances for Wolves, also helping out with six assists.

In his time for Milton Keynes Dons in League One, the striker scored 19 goals in 30 games and contributed five assists.

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Derby County will be looking to secure automatic promotion to the Premier League this season and currently sit in second place, four points off Middlesbrough in first who beat them 2-0 on Saturday.

The Rams will be looking at this transfer window as a way to strengthen their side so that they do not have to try and attempt promotion through the play-offs, something that has been unsuccessful for them in recent seasons.

Wolves boss Kenny Jackett has recently stated that his club have not received any bids for Afobe, but that could now change with Derby’s reported interest in the player.

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