West Brom striker Charlie Austin has snubbed a beat-the-deadline move to Derby County, Football Insider can reveal.
This site broke the news yesterday that Wayne Rooney has been in personal contact with the proven goalscorer in a bid to lure him to the east Midlands.
A recruitment source has told Football Insider that Austin has rejected the possibility of a move to Pride Park and is likely to remain at the Hawthorns past Friday’s transfer cut-off for domestic deals.
The Championship big guns are keen to strengthen their attack and set their sights on the 31-year-old.
Derby hoped Rooney’s connections and gravitas could help them persuade Austin to drop down a division.
But the move has failed and Phillip Cocu’s side will now have to look elsewhere.
Trading is allowed between Premier League and EFL clubs up until 5pm on Friday after a short window for domestic-only deals was agreed in this unique year.
It remains to be seen what the future holds for Austin as West Brom continue to work on recruiting centre-forwards head of Friday’s deadline.
The striker has slipped further down the pecking order at the Hawthorns in recent times and has barely been involved this season.
Austin has not had a minute of Premier League action and his only two appearances have come in the League Cup.
An injury to Hal Robson-Kanu means Slaven Bilic is stalling on letting him go – permanently or on loan – but the manager wants to recruit one or two strikers this week.