Arsenal and West Ham are considering making a transfer move that could impact Nottingham Forest. According to the Evening Standard, both clubs will ask Hibernian to lower their demands for Josh Doig.
The Reds are in the mix with the Premier League duo to try and sign the 19-year-old during the transfer window. He is currently valued at £5 million by the Scottish Premiership outfit.
Forest, of course, can’t compete financially with the Premier League big boys. At £5 million the club would have no chance, but if £2.5 million was to be deemed acceptable there might be a chance.
Doig has risen through the academy ranks at Easter Road. He has made 36 appearances in the first team, attracting interest from several English clubs.
West Ham boss David Moyes is keen to add some cover at left-back. Arsenal’s interest looks somewhat bizarre, given they have Kieran Tierney and new recruit Nuno Tavares battling it out for the spot.
Both clubs would seemingly be keen if his valuation was slashed in half. It seems as though that would also suit Forest during this particular window.
Why should Forest appeal to Doig?
For starters, he only has to look at the impact Scott McKenna has made since arriving from Aberdeen last summer. He has performed incredibly well and that would give him confidence that he could slot in nicely.
West Ham and Arsenal are clearly more attractive propositions than Forest, although he will want to continue playing regular football. Should he sign for the Premier League duo that might not be such a given.
A quick look at the Forest squad list should delight him. Only Tyler Blackett is a natural left-back and his injury record is less than impressive over a 46-game season.
With Yuri Ribeiro now departed, the Reds are in desperate need of a left-back. Doig would be instantly the first choice in his favoured position.
At £2.5 million he’d be a snip and if Forest have the cash, they should prepare to pounce.