Nottingham Forest have been linked with a move to sign former loan striker Chuba Akpom from Middlesbrough, according to the Northern Echo.
The former Arsenal youngster is preparing to leave Boro, with the Championship club looking to recoup the vast majority of the £2.5 million they paid for him.
Akpom was only a teenager when Forest signed him on a six-month loan back in 2015. He failed to find the net in seven outings for the Reds.
Chris Hughton knows all about the talisman having signed him for Brighton. Again, he failed to score for the Seagulls, enduring a 10-game goal drought.
Following those failed loan moves, Akpom rediscovered himself in Greece.
He found the net 18 times and registered 10 assists during 79 appearances for PAOK Thessaloniki.
That form prompted Boro to hand him a return to England. In 39 appearances for the club, he’s scored five goals – which doesn’t showcase an amazing return.
Akpom managed just 20 starts for Boro during 2020/21 and Neil Warnock is now keen to offload him.
Fellow strikers Britt Assombalonga and Ashley Fletcher will leave on free transfers and as a result, Warnock is clearly keen to shake-up his front line.
Hull City are also linked with a move for the former Gunners academy star.
Would Akpom be a useful addition?
Not really and Forest would be wise to steer well clear.
Although he’s only 25 and has time to continue improving, Forest need a player to come in and start scoring goals.
Signing a player with five goals to his name last season won’t exactly be one to get fans flocking to the City Ground next season.
Hughton does know all about Akpom having worked with him previously but signing him would represent far too big of a risk.
With Lewis Grabban and Lyle Taylor both in their thirties, it’s fair to say some younger blood would be ideal in the attack.
That someone shouldn’t be Akpom though and this is one rumour that needs to stay as pure speculation ahead of the summer transfer window.