Manchester City's former England striker Darius Vassell is reportedly a transfer target for Premier League new-boys Derby County.

Rams boss Billy Davies is actively scouring the transfer market for reinforcements and he has made a new striker one of his top priorities.

Davies is now believed to be considering a move for former Aston Villa ace Vassell.

Vassell's future at City has been the subject of speculation all summer with the club having rejected a bid for the 27-year-old from Besiktas last month.

City chief Sven-Goran Eriksson is believed to be willing to listen to offers, having brought in the likes of Rolando Bianchi and Valeri Bojinov this summer.