Former Nottingham Forest forward Oliver Burke looks set to become a wanted man during the summer transfer window.
The 21-year-old is currently on loan with Scottish giants Celtic where he has scored four goals and contributed three assists in 14 appearances.
Brendan Rodgers has now departed to join Leicester and it remains to be seen whether Neil Lennon will want to land Burke permanently.
Former Forest boss Dougie Freedman is a man who knows all about Burke’s quality.
The ex-Reds manager is now director of football at Crystal Palace and according to the Daily Record wants to land Burke for the Eagles this summer.
It seems unlikely that the Scotland international has a future at parent club West Brom with a departure looking inevitable.
As is usually the case when a former Forest player becomes available for transfer, it remains to be seen whether he will be on the club’s radar.
It has to be said it does seem unlikely at this stage.
Burke will probably command a decent-sized transfer fee for West Brom to sell him. The Baggies splashed out £15 million to sign him in 2017, according to the Daily Mail.
Forest boss Martin O’Neill will probably have other targets and the move might be seen as a backward step.
Also, Burke might want to aim higher than Forest.
Celtic would offer him European football, whilst Palace can hand him another crack at the Premier League.
Seat Pitch Verdict
Forest probably won’t go in for Burke again but he is the type of player that the Reds should be looking to sign.
Someone with obvious Championship quality and sell-on value are recruits that Forest must steer towards this summer.
Burke probably regrets leaving the City Ground for Red Bull Leipzig in 2016 but he had little choice.
Fawaz Al Hasawi saw the pound signs once again and off he went to the Bundesliga.
As a result, Burke probably severed his ties with the Reds and as romantic as a return of a former player is, the youngster probably isn’t what Forest need moving forward.