Nottingham Forest and Sheffield Wednesday are both keen on signing Sydney van Hooijdonk from NAC Breda, according to Football Oranje.

The 20-year-old has scored eight times in 12 games this season and has also claimed two assists in Dutch second tier.

Sydney is the son of former Forest star Pierre and his signing at the City Ground would be quite something.

His dad famously went on strike in 1998, refusing to play for the club after his partner in goalscoring crime, Kevin Campbell, was sold.

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The 6ft 2in centre forward has risen through the youth ranks at NAC Breda and is now starting to catch the eye of Championship clubs.

In total, van Hooijdonk has scored 15 times in 51 appearances for his current club, although he has enjoyed a breakthrough season during 2020/21.

His goalscoring record for the youth ranks was sensational, firing 35 times in 41 appearances for the under-18s.

Forest have Lyle Taylor leading their attack right now and it’s fair to say another option would be most welcomed.

Lewis Grabban is injured and Will Swan is still raw having come made the step-up from under-23s football.

With that in mind it seems perfectly feasible that van Hooijdonk could rock up on Trentside in January.

Could the youngster be ideal for Forest?

The Dutchman scores all different types of goals and it’s fair to say Forest need a striker.

With Grabban currently on the treatment table and showing no signs of a return, Taylor is in need of some competition.

The fact that Van Hooijdonk would represent a different option also makes him an ideal target for the Reds.

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At previous clubs, Chris Hughton has been known to utilise a little and large combination up top and having someone who can hold the ball up would be nice.

Taylor has tried his nest to get things going for the Reds. Having someone alongside him like van Hooijdonk could allow him to focus more on getting in the box and finishing off chances – rather than getting involved with the ugly stuff.

At 20, Van Hooijdonk has bags of potential and he’d surely be hungry to prove himself in England.

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