According to The Mirror, via Sky Sports, striker Jermain Defoe has hinted at a move away from Bournemouth in January.
The 36-year-old has seen his playing time dramatically reduced this season at the Vitality Stadium, failing to make a start in the Premier League. This is partly due to the fantastic form of fellow strikers Callum Wilson and Josh King, which has given manager Eddie Howe no other option than to play them.
However, one club’s loss is another’s gain, and this would be a brilliant opportunity for Derby to make a move for the England international.
Not only would this be a chance for Defoe to link up with manager Frank Lampard, whom he played alongside in the claret of West Ham and the white of England, but he may be the answer to one of The Rams’ biggest problems.
Out of the top eight teams in the Championship, only Middlesbrough have scored fewer goals than Frank Lampard’s men. But what is more worrying is that, other than Jack Marriott, the bulk of goals have come from midfielders or wingers. Marriott is the club’s top scorer, but six goals in 15 appearances this season is not necessarily the greatest return. On the other hand, if there is one player that knows how to find the back of the net, it’s Defoe, who has been prolific wherever he has played.
This is not a huge concern for Derby, particularly compared to some other clubs’ problems, but Lampard may be able to use his relationship with Defoe to broker a deal.