Chris Martin has pulled out of Fulham’s Championship game tonight – and wants to go back to Derby immediately.

The Scottish striker will not face Reading this evening and has told the west London club he wants his loan spell to end, according to the Sun. The 28 year-old is on a season-long loan at Craven Cottage but wants to return home for family reasons and link up again with new Derby manager Steve McClaren.

All three parties would need to agree to terminate Martin’s loan. Fulham are unlikely to do that, with Martin having scored seven goals in his last eleven matches, and so the striker has effectively withdrawn his services to try and force their hand. Derby supporters were stunned that the popular forward, who has scored 55 league goals in 132 games for the Rams, was allowed to leave Pride Park in the first place by Nigel Pearson and, after a slow start to his loan spell, the striker has begun to ignite Fulham’s own promotion push.