Derby County, under the tutelage of Gary Rowett, have been a delight to watch this season in the Championship. The players and the manager have been dedicated and disciplined and have displayed an element of audacity in their outings. No wonder they are placed 2nd in the league table with 52 points to their name after 27 games.
However, the Rams are not expected to be complacent and it is likely that they would beef up their arsenal in the ongoing January transfer window. Rowett is unlikely to preclude the likelihood of twists and turns in the second-half of the season and to strengthen their side in order to engineer an automatic qualification to the lucrative land of Premier League, a few additions would certainly make a lot of sense.
As per one of the latest reports by the BBC, Derby County have finalized a £1.5million deal to lure Norwich City’s out-of-favour striker, Cameron Jerome, to the Pride Park Stadium this week. Jerome has not started in the league for the Canaries since their 2-1 defeat away at Bolton Wanderers and the striker might personally look for an exit out of the Carrow Road.
At the onset, it is quite surprising to see Derby County inclined towards bringing yet another striker to their ranks. They already have the likes of Matej Vydra, David Nugent, Chris Martin, Darren Bent, Andreas Weimann and Sam Winnall in their ranks and bringing another attacker in Jerome would only congest the plethora of players Rowett has.
However, it is understood that the manager was a long-term admirer of the Norwich City striker and that might be the reason for their apparent interest to sign him. In 15 Championship appearances so far this season, the 31-year-old has scored 1 goal and has registered 2 assists to his name but probably his experience is being counted on by Derby County for the second-half of the season.
Jerome has represented Cardiff City, Birmingham City, Crystal Palace and Stoke City in his career and is certainly quite acclimatised with English football. He is good in the air, holds the ball well, is physically quite strong and is a decent target-man inside the box. He was targeted by Derby County in the summer as well but the move failed to materialise.
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