Derby boss Nigel Clough is weighing up a January move for Crewe frontman Calvin Zola.
Clough has been keeping tabs on the player and he was a spectator at Valley Parade on Saturday as Zola blasted two goals in CreweÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 3-2 success over Bradford City to improve their League Two odds.
Zola was a livewire all afternoon and Clough cannot have failed to have been impressed by the Zaire-born hitman.
The 24-year-old hammered home a superb half-volley from an almost impossible angle to put Dario GradiÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s men ahead before rattling home a 20-yard shot after some hesitant Bradford defending to take his season’s tally to nine goals.
Clough is chasing more firepower for his Championship side – who have netted 15 times in 11 league games – and he sees Zola as the man who can add a new dimension to his Pride Park squad.
The Rams boss is an admirer of ZolaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s pace and trickery and will try and test the resolve of the League Two outfit with a Ã‚Â£750,000 bid.
Crewe are desperate to keep hold of the former Newcastle starlet although a bid closer to Ã‚Â£1million might prove too good to refuse.
The six foot three inch striker joined the Alex from Tranmere for Ã‚Â£200,000 in the summer of 2008 and he has adapted to life in the bottom tier of English football with aplomb.
Zola has never been a prolific striker, but he has worked hard over the summer and already he seems to be reaping the benefit after his early season goal glut.