Wolves are preparing a £7m summer bid for Derby’s on-loan Fulham striker Chris Martin, according to a report in the Sunday People.
Martin, who is currently on loan at Craven Cottage, was one of Wolves’ top transfer targets during the last summer transfer window and the Midlands side had two bids – believed to be around £5m and £6m turned down before the Scotland striker completed a deadline day move to Fulham. Despite Martin’s decision to sign a three-year contract extension under former Rams boss Steve McClaren admit his unsuccessful attempts to abort his loan spell, the Londoners still have an option to exercise a clause in their agreement with Derby and sign the 28-year-old on a permanent basis.
The Scotland international, who is definitely out of tomorrow’s crucial clash with Aston Villa and could miss the remainder of Fulham’s Championship campaign after being sent off at Norwich on Good Friday, has been in excellent form under Slavisa Jokanovic. Martin has managed ten goals – and created 27 chances – as Fulham push for a play-off spot and the Serbian head coach has already spoken about his interest in keeping the former Canaries striker around.
Wolves manager Paul Lambert, who worked with Martin during his time at Carrow Road, has identified the 6ft striker as the front man needed to spearhead a promotion push next term. But the People suggest Wolves will need to come up with around £7m to tempt Derby to part with Martin – and new Rams manager Gary Rowett has already suggested that he would like the forward in his plans come the pre-season.