Nottingham Forest will need to pay £4 million if they are to land Burnley striker Nahki Wells this month, according to Sky Sports.
The striker was recalled by the Clarets on Monday morning with both Forest and Bristol City keen to sign the experienced frontman.
Wells has been in blistering form on loan at QPR, scoring 14 goals in all competitions during the 2019/20 campaign.
The 29-year-old has scored five times in his last three Championship outings, including a hat-trick against Cardiff and a winning goal against Leeds.
Being recalled to Turf Moor is a blow for the R’s, although they will still hope to agree on something over a permanent deal.
Wells would tick the box of being a proven Championship goalscorer.
Doubts would remain over whether or not he would come to Forest knowing that he would likely act as a backup to Lewis Grabban.
The Reds striker has 16 goals to this season and like Wells, he is in fine form this season.
Grabban is the first striker since Stan Collymore back in the nineties to scored 15 league goals in two consecutive campaigns.
Forest do need a striker though and £4 million does represent a decent price in today’s market.
The beauty of landing Wells would be that he is already a proven performer at Forest’s level.
There would be no need for a settling in period and he would arrive having scored lots of goals in the Championship this season.
If the Reds could tempt Wells into the project at Forest then he would certainly be a tremendous addition to the squad.
Wells is three years the junior of Grabban and their playing styles are slightly different.
What they do have in common is scoring goals. Wells has managed 65 during his career in the Championship and he could be a sound addition.
Forest might still be considering a foray into the European market to bolster their striking ranks.
Between now and Friday it seems certain that someone will be added and Forest fans will hope it’s a signing that can maintain their push towards promotion.