According to Sportske Novosti, Nottingham Forest have made a £2.5 million bid for Croatia under-21 international Sandro Kulenovic.

The Dinamo Zagreb striker has fallen down the pecking order in his home country. Last season he spent the campaign on loan with HNK Rijeka.

Kulenovic found the net eight times and perhaps more interestingly registered seven assists for the team, earning rave reviews.

He was also part of the Croatia squad that reached the quarter-final of the European under-21 Championship earlier this summer.

Portugal v Croatia - 2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship
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Forest are desperate to bolster their attacking ranks this summer. All three relegated teams scored more goals than the Reds during the 2020/21 campaign.

For Chris Hughton, he knows he will need to improve on the 17th place finish during 2020/21 and wants more firepower.

Lewis Grabban is still at the club, whilst Lyle Taylor endured a torrid maiden City Ground campaign and could leave.

 

With Glenn Murray now retired, that would leave youngster Will Swan and the enigma that is Nuno Da Costa to backup Grabban.

As a result, the interest in the Dinamo Zagreb talisman comes as no surprise.

What would Kulenovic bring to Nottingham Forest?

The striker certainly fits the profile of a player targeted by new CEO Dane Murphy. He is young, would boast sell-on value and could improve in the future.

He stands at over 6ft tall and would definitely bring some presence to the Reds’ ranks. In his homeland he’s been called the heir to Mario Mandzukic’s throne, representing high praise indeed.

Portugal v Croatia - 2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship
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At 21 he could be capable of complementing the Forest squad nicely and Hughton could certainly do a lot worse.

There is a chance that Grabban may continue as the club’s primary choice in attack. With Brennan Johnson back in the ranks, the creativity could be increased ten-fold this season.

Kulenovic would provide a different option though and he’d be an interesting signing for the Reds to get over the line.

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