Derby County have opened contract talks with Martyn Waghorn in a bid to keep him at Pride Park this summer.
That’s according to a report by Derbyshire Live, who claim that Wayne Rooney’s side have entered into talks with the 31-year-old regarding a new deal at the club, with his current contract set to expire at the end of the month.
It has previously been reported that Cardiff City are keeping a close eye on the situation of the centre-forward ahead of a potential move in the upcoming transfer window, should the striker become a free agent this summer.
While Waghorn did not enjoy his most prolific of seasons for Derby County last term, the news that the Rams are working to tie the striker down to a new deal at the club will nevertheless have fans buzzing.
Over his 32 Championship appearances for Wayne Rooney’s side last season, the £1.8m-rated man scored five goals, registered four assists and created two big chances for his teammates, as well as taking an average of 1.6 shots and making 0.7 key passes per game.
However, despite his below-par displays over the majority of the season, Waghorn proved his worth to Derby on the final day of the club’s Championship campaign, turning in a show-stopping performance in the Rams’ relegation shoot-out against Sheffield Wednesday.
In the fixture, the former Ipswich Town striker scored two goals and provided one assist, as well as earning a SofaScore match rating of 8.1, with his efforts almost single-handedly ensuring that Derby will be playing Championship football as of next season.
As such, if the man who has been dubbed a “problem” for defenders can continue this form into next season – if he does go on to pen a new deal at Pride Park, that is – then Wayne Rooney’s hopes of securing a much more respectable finish in the Championship standings next time around will be significantly increased – an outcome that would surely delight fans of the club.