Peterborough owner Darragh MacAnthony has made light of a Football Insider report regarding Nottingham Forest and Siriki Dembele.
The report from this afternoon says that the Reds are preparing to submit a loan-to-buy offer for the 24-year-old.
Dembele wants to leave London Road this month and would be available to walk away for free in the summer.
Forest would face stiff competition for the forward, with Rangers and Celtic also thought to be interested (Peterborough Live).
The report claims the Reds are preparing a bid of £250,000 for the player who has scored six goals and claimed seven assists this season.
However, MacAnthony seems amused at the idea, responding on Twitter with three emojis.
Dembele has been with Peterborough since checking in from Grimsby in 2018.
In 99 appearances for the Posh he has scored 19 goals and registered 23 assists.
He looks like being a wanted man and Peterborough will face some pressure given his contract situation.
Should Forest step up their efforts to sign Dembele?
Given MacAnthony’s reaction it’s worth Forest fans taking the reports with a pinch of salt.
The owner does have to be careful though.
It seems as though Dembele has no desire to stay at London Road beyond the end of this month and he’s out of contract in the summer.
Posh won’t want to lose him for nothing in the summer and could be forced to cash in this month.
Forest would welcome a player like Dembele in their ranks.
He is quick, strong and can play through the middle or out wide on the flanks.
Forest will seek a replacement for Lewis Grabban and Lyle Taylor in the coming months and why not Dembele?
The Reds have prioritised European recruits far too often and search the domestic lower league market could reap rewards.
It’ll be interesting to see if Forest can wipe the smile off MacAnthony’s face.