DERBY County are hoping to land £1m-rated Middlesbrough striker Lukas Jutkiewicz.
The Rams look to be in a battle to sign the 6ft 1in target man with a string of fellow Championship clubs.
Bolton Wanderers, Wigan Athletic, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Blackburn Rovers are also thought to be keen on the 25-year-old attacker.
Derby are understood to be showing a strong interest in the former Everton man, with reports suggesting they will match Boro’s valuation of the player.
Jutkiewicz scored seven goals in 20 appearances on loan at Bolton last season – he played in the goalless draw at the iPro Stadium in March.
The Trotters would like to seal a permanent switch but it appears they may miss out on their target.
Rams boss Steve McClaren wants to bring in extra cover and competition for leading marksman Chris Martin, who hit 25 goals last term, and Jutkiewicz could fit the bill.
Having come through the youth ranks at hometown club Southampton, he started his senior career with Swindon Town before a £1m move to Everton, though he only made one substitute appearance during his time at Goodison Park.
After loan spells with Plymouth Argyle, Huddersfield Town and Motherwell, he moved to Coventry City, where he was a team-mate of Rams skipper Richard Keogh.
Jutkiewicz netted 18 goals in 69 games for the Sky Blues before Middlesbrough snapped him up in a £1.3m deal in 2012.
His record with Boro stands at 15 goals in 71 appearances, including 52 starts.