Derby County's odds of capturing last season's Championships leading scorer, Leeds United striker Ross McCormack, have been slashed.
The Rams were cruelly denied a place in the Premier League after losing the play-off final against QPR, who only had one shot on target all game at Wembley.
Scottish International McCormack is expected to leave Elland Road this summer after the departure of former manager and mentor Brain McDermott, with Fulham the bookmakers' favourites but the Rams now not far behind.
Derby's league position dramatically improved with the arrival of former England manager Steve McClaren to Pride Park following the sacking of Nigel Clough.
With a fresh start over the summer, McClaren will bee looking go go one better and gain promotion to the Premier League via the automatic positions rather than the lottery of the play-offs.
Last week it was almost unthinkable that McCormack would be playing his football outside of the Premier League next season. Newcastle, Leicester and West Ham emerged as the early front runner to sign the 28-year-old, but it looks as if he will still be in the Championship once again next season.
This could be a strange move as Leeds owner Massimo Cellino is targeting promotion to the Premier League next season. However, recent reports in The Derby Telegraph claim the Rams are monitoring the situation.
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