Derby County are in talks with Sheffield Wednesday over a potential deal for striker Michael Smith, reports Sky Sports’ Rob Dorsett.

Smith, 31, enjoyed a strong season in League One last time round, with his 18 goals and seven assists helping to fire Sheffield Wednesday to an eventual promotion.

He looks set to lead the line for Xisco Munoz tonight, but last night, Sky Sports reporter Dorsett revealed on Twitter that League One side Derby County are in talks with Wednesday over a possible deal for the striker.

Derby are managed by former Rotherham United boss Paul Warne who obviously worked with Smith at the club.

Dorsett tweeted:

Two years ago when there was speculation that Smith could leave Rotherham, Warne labelled the striker as ‘irreplacable’ and suggested that it would take an offer of £10million for the club to part ways with him.

He eventually left for Sheffield Wednesday ahead of last season, but now after just one year at the club, it looks like Smith could be on the move.

Smith – will he leave Sheffield Wednesday?

It’s very difficult to see Sheffield Wednesday parting ways with Smith, especially with the new season about to begin.

It’ll be Dejphon Chansiri’s decision to make but even he should see the dangers in selling one of their main goal threats, and for Smith, dropping down a league – even if it’s to reunite with Warne – doesn’t seem so sensible.

But as per Dorsett, Derby clearly seem keen on the player as they’re in talks with Wednesday, and if Wednesday were adamant that they won’t sell then the rumour would’ve been shut down already.

This could be a nervy one for Munoz, who takes charge of his first game tonight.