In Focus: Derby County outcast could join Wolves in £1.5m deal; Rowett has no say

According to reports in The Express and Star, there is a deal in place for Wolves to complete the £1.5m signing of Derby County forward Andreas Weimann this summer, but no decision has been made on whether the move will go through yet.

What’s the story, then?

Well, after struggling to break into the first team under Steve McClaren at Pride Park, Weimann joined Wolves on loan until the end of the season with a view to making a permanent £1.5m move this summer.

A deal wasn’t looking too likely as the Austrian struggled to get going at Molineux for a team that was struggling at the wrong end of the Championship table, but the 25-year-old has hit form in recent weeks.

He has scored two goals and helped the side to three successive victories, which has moved them away from the relegation zone.

When will Wolves make a decision?

The report suggests that the club won’t make a decision on whether they will sign the attacker on a permanent basis until the end of the season.

Wolves boss Paul Lambert knows Weimann well having worked with him at Aston Villa though, so it is likely that he has already made his mind up on what he plans to do.

What happens if Gary Rowett wants him back?

Again, the story suggests that the Rams struck a deal with their Championship rivals during the January transfer window that cannot be reversed, which means that the only way Rowett will be keeping the 25-year-old is if Wolves decide they don’t want him.

Is Rowett likely to want him back?

It’s hard to say.

The 43-year-old already has similar players in Matej Vydra and David Nugent at his disposal, and he will potentially be looking to sign a tall striker rather than another player who is more in the mould of a forward.

Additionally, Weimann scored just four goals in 45 appearances in all competitions following a move from Villa in 2015 – far from the goalscoring form that Rowett will want ahead of a promotion push next term.