A journalist from the Guardian has claimed that Nottingham Forest are in a two-way battle with Brentford to sign Accrington star Dion Charles.

He made the claim on Twitter this afternoon. In his post, he also stated that a fee of over £1 million would prove tempting to the League One outfit.

Stanley are among the lowest spenders in League One. John Coleman has worked wonders with the club, but interest in Charles will severely test his resistance.

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Charles has been linked with Forest; Photo; Dave Howarth; CameraSport; Getty Images

The 25-year-old enjoyed a really good season during 2020/21. He scored 20 goals and registered four assists as Accrington finished safely in mid-table.

His form has seen several clubs monitor his situation. It now seems as though just two are showing strong interest, with Forest one of them.

Charles has been with Accrington for two seasons. He checked in from Southport, having spent time at Halifax and Fleetwood.

He started out as a trainee at Blackpool but left without making a single first-team appearance. Since then he’s been trying to forge a career for himself and Accrington have been good for him.

Naturally doing well last season has now got clubs interested in him. Both Forest and Brentford will now weigh up whether to move for his services.

 

Charles to Forest: Risky signing could be beneficial

The Reds definitely need a striker this summer. Both Lewis Grabban and Lyle Taylor were out of sorts last season and are both in their thirties. As a result a younger option would be ideal.

Plenty of other targets will cost a lot more. Luke Jephcott will cost £5 million and has penned a new deal, whilst Charlie Wyke is off to Celtic on a four-year contract.

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Forest target Charles celebrates scoring; Photo; Chris Vaughan; CameraSport; Getty Images

Forest have to be careful not to be held at ransom for a new striker. With that in mind, Charles could prove a risk worth taking.

At 25 he has time to continue improving ahead of his prime and at just over £1 million, he would be a low-risk addition.

Not only that but he would arrive at the City Ground on the back of his best goal-haul as a Football League player.

Brentford don’t typically sign bad players and their interest should also be enough to convince Forest to make a bid for the Accrington ace.

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