Nottingham Forest are battling a clutch of clubs to sign FC Botosani forward Hervin Ongenda, according to French outlet Foot Mercato.

The 24-year-old boasts 11 appearances for Paris Saint-Germain on his CV and has also played for PEC Zwolle and Real Murcia.

Ongenda found the net in Botosani’s 2019/20 opener at the weekend and is also attracting interest from Hull City, Brescia and Chievo Verona.

Forest are likely to be in the market for a striker. Karim Ansarifard departed for Qatar on Friday; whilst Daryl Murphy has been deemed surplus to requirements.

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Ongenda’s contract with the Romanian outfit expires next summer. The report suggests that his current club are willing to do a deal in order to avoid a free transfer in 2020.

The forward primarily operates on the flank but has also featured as a striker during his career.

The Seat Pitch Summary

Ongenda would be another player to fall into the ‘let’s see how he gets on’ category at Nottingham Forest.

Tiago Silva, Alfa Semedo and Yuri Ribeiro have all arrived this summer as unknown quantities.

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Forest supporters would perhaps prefer a forward who is proven at Championship level.

At this stage, however, the link is purely speculative.

Boss Sabri Lamouchi has already spoken of his desire to work with the younger players and the Reds might not even pursue another forward.


If Forest plan on signing Ongenda to play as a striker they should tread carefully.

His record in front of goal is hardly spectacular and young Tyler Walker is probably a better bet.

The academy prospect smashed 26 goals for Mansfield last season and he is deserving of a chance to shine next season.

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