A report might have claimed the valuation that Nottingham Forest will have to meet if they are to sign Luke Jephcott.

The Reds have been linked with a move for the Plymouth striker and could turn their attentions to the Wales under-21 international.

Lancashire Live are now claiming that the 21-year-old talisman is likely to command a fee in the region of £5 million.

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Jephcott has scored 18 goals during 2020/21 but remarkably hasn’t scored in League One since February – a run stretching 15 games.

Forest last forked out such a sum for a third their striker in 2014 when the club paid £5.5 million for Britt Asssombalonga.

That deal proved to be a decent one for the Reds with the man signed from Peterborough scoring plenty of goals for the club.

Jephcott’s current form might be a small worry but it’s clear that he knows where the back of the net is.

The valuation might prove a risk but it could also provide Forest with a real investment in the future.

At 21, the Pilgrims striker has bags of time left to improve and alongside better players, he could score plenty of goals.

Will Forest move for Jephcott?

It seems likely that the under-21 international will be on a shortlist of several strikers under consideration by the football club.

Jephcott has a plethora of Championship sides chasing him apparently and Forest will fancy being in the mix.

His current run of games without a goal might be a worry but only a small one.

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The striker is raw and will endure blips – but that doesn’t mean he can’t rediscover his golden touch.

Forest will have Lewis Grabban and Lyle Taylor under contract for next season and both players are in their thirties.

The Reds need to lay some foundations for the future and signing Jephcott might prove a step in the right direction.

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