Blackpool have reportedly joined fellow League One side Derby County in the race to sign free agent forward Martyn Waghorn, following his departure from Coventry City according to Sky Sports journalist Rob Dorsett.
The 33-year-old is available on a free transfer this summer and has been training with the Rams in recent weeks, including featuring as a second-half substitute during Derby’s 3-1 loss against Premier League new-boys Sheffield United.
Who is Martyn Waghorn?
The experienced striker has made almost 500 senior appearances in his career to-date, turning up for the likes of Ipswich Town, Rangers, Derby County and Coventry City. Last season, Waghorn managed just two league goals, one for Coventry and another for Huddersfield Town whilst on loan.
The race for Waghorn
According to journalist Rob Dorsett, Martyn Waghorn is one of two strikers that the Rams are targeting this summer. However, he claims that Derby will only sign one of those, which opens the door for Blackpool to swoop in and take the forward.
In a tweet posted on Twitter, Dorsett states…
‘DCFC and Blackpool both interested in a deal for free agent Martyn Waghorn, who left CCFC in May. Derby also in talks with SWFC over Michael Smith and unlikely to sign two strikers, so Blackpool hopeful they can steal a march with Waghorn.’
However, within minutes, Dorsett added an additional tweet which states…
‘Slight tweak: DCFC may sign two strikers, but Blackpool hoping to sneak a deal with Waghorn while Rams focus is primarily on Smith.’
As a Coventry City fan, Waghorn had a disappointing spell with ourselves, but did show the occasional glimpse of what he can do. Dropping into League One is definitely something that makes sense for Waghorn. Derby would be an appealing move given he is loved by the club’s fans and enjoyed a lot of success with the club.
However, a move to Blackpool could create a better chance of playing more football, given Jerry Yates has already left the League One side this summer.