Derby County are working on a deal to beat Bournemouth to the signing of Wigan Athletic goalkeeper David Marshall this summer, Football Insider understands.
As revealed by this site on Wednesday, the Cherries are preparing a bid to poach the 35-year-old Scotland international as a cut-price replacement for Aaron Ramsdale.
A source at Pride Park has told Football Insider that the Rams are also in the hunt to sign the Latics star and are hoping to trump Jason Tindall’s men to his capture.
Derby boss Phillip Cocu started last season with Kelle Roos as his first-choice goalkeeper and the Dutch stopper made 22 Championship appearances.
However, Huddersfield loanee Ben Hamer took over from the 28-year-old in November and went on to play in all but three of the club’s remaining league games.
With the 32-year-old back at the John Smith’s Stadium after his temporary spell, Cocu is in the market for another experienced shot-stopper and has identified Marshall as an ideal replacement.
The Scotland star played 39 times and kept 15 clean sheets in the second tier last season but was unable to prevent Wigan, who suffered a 12-point deduction after entering administration, from suffering relegation.
The Latics have already seen a number of first-team and youth players leave the club as a result of their financial difficulties, including star left-back Antonee Robinson, and Marshall is expected to be another out the exit door.
The shot-stopper has a total of 405 Championship appearances under his belt after spells with the likes of Norwich City, Cardiff City and Hull City.
He also has over 50 games of Premier League experience to his name having played in the top flight with the Bluebirds and the Tigers.