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Nottingham Forest's summer target Marriott can become Derby hero on Monday

Last summer, Jack Marriott was a target for Nottingham Forest.

Peterborough Today was among many media outlets reporting Nottingham Forest’s interest in Marriott as both the Reds and Derby County hunted for a new striker.

In fact, many clubs were after the red-hot striker, who had scored 33 goals for Peterborough United.

But Nottingham Forest missed out and got Lewis Grabban instead.

On Monday, Grabban and Marriott will go head-to-head in the East Midlands derby.

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Marriott will be eager to extend his good run of form at Pride Park when 4th place Derby host 7th place Nottingham Forest.

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And after missing out on a move to Nottingham Forest, the 24-year-old can now endear himself to Derby fans by firing Frank Lampard’s men to victory.

It will be the former Ipswich and Luton man’s first taste of the East Midlands derby and it will be an occasion to relish.

But Marriott needs to continue his impressive form and try to add to his eight goals this season.

Forest have their own goal machine in Grabban, who has struck 14 goals in the Championship this term.

And it will be interesting to see who comes out on top in this clash of titans, pitted against each other in a high-stakes environment.

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