Earlier this morning it seemed that Reading had accepted a bid from Sheffield Wednesday for striker Nick Blackman, but now, according to GetReading, Derby County are now in pole position to sign Reading’s top goalscorer.

Blackman is out of contract in the summer and there are no signs that he will be signing a new contract in the near future, so Reading may be looking to cash in while they can this month, and both Derby County and Sheffield Wednesday circling, with Derby County now the favourites.

Derby have already strengthened their attacking ranks with the acquisition of Abdoul Camara for a fee in the region of £1.25 million.

Blackman has been in prolific form this campaign, being directly involved in a staggering 20 of Reading’s 30 goals.

Paul Clement has previously admitted that he wants another attacker to join vice-captain Chris Martin and out of favour Darren Bent, to try and propel Derby to the Premier League after narrowly missing out on a play off position last season.

On Tuesday morning, it was understood that Sheffield Wednesday were on the verge of completing a move for Blackman, but in the eleventh hour it seems that Derby have made a bid which seems to be more appealing to the striker.

Whatever happens, the Reading fans will be crying out for McDermott to bring in a new striker as both Orlando Sa and Matej Vydra only have 7 goals between them all season, and goals rarely coming from the midfield.

Blackman has been Reading’s main source of goals and creativity this season and will be a huge loss if he is to leave for either one of Derby or Sheffield Wednesday.

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