Wayne Rooney is facing a battle in his bid to bring Dion Charles to Derby County this summer.
That’s according to a report by The Sun on Sunday (via Football League World), who claim that Rotherham United have entered to race to sign the Accrington Stanley centre-forward, with Derby County, Nottingham Forest, Cardiff City and Huddersfield Town all also believed to be keen on the 25-year-old.
A report by The Sun back in April revealed that John Coleman’s side would be demanding a fee of around £1.5m in order to part with the former Northern Ireland U21 international this summer.
With goals having been something of a problem for Rooney’s side this season, with the Rams’ total of 36 goals for being the lowest amount scored by any Championship side in 2020/21, up front is certainly an area in which the 35-year-old must improve in the upcoming transfer market if Derby wish to have any hope of mounting a promotion push next term.
And, considering just how impressive Charles was in front of goal for Accrington this season, the Preston-born striker could prove to be an extremely astute piece of business for the Rams.
Over his 42 League One appearances for Accy in 2020/21, the 25-year-old bagged a whopping 19 goals, provided three assists and created seven big chances for his teammates, as well taking an average of 2.7 shots and making 0.7 key passes per game, culminating in an average SofaScore match rating of 6.91.
Aside from his clear eye for goal and decent creative capacity, the finances involved in a potential deal for Charles would also appear to be extremely appealing for Derby.
At present, the striker earns a modest £870-per-week at The Wham Stadium, while his £1.5m asking price is also likely to be affordable for the Rams, even with the current uncertainty regarding the club’s ownership.
As such, Rooney should be doing all he can to convince Charles – whom Ian Baraclough claimed had been “fantastic” this season – of a move to Pride Park this summer, as the centre-forward appears to have the potential to be both an improvement on a number of the club’s current options in attack, as well as one who is incredibly cost-effective for the club.