Nottingham Forest are miles away from signing Fortuna Sittard attacker Zian Flemming, according to Voetbal International.
The Reds have been linked with a move for the player who is valued at £1.5 million by his current club. Forest have had several bids knocked back for the player already.
It is claimed that the Reds could be preparing to target other options instead. Forest have so far managed to add one player to their ranks this summer; goalkeeper Ethan Horvath joining on a free transfer.
Flemming was fantastic in Eredivisie last season. He scored 12 league goals and registered seven assists from 33 appearances for the team.
The 22-year-old is under contract until 2024 and the Dutch outfit are under no pressure to sell their star man this summer.
Forest boss Chris Hughton has made no secret of his desire to bolster his attacking ranks. Flemming largely operates as a No.10, although he has played in central midfield throughout his career too.
The Reds had Filip Krovinovic as their No.10 for the second half of last season. He has now gone back to Croatia to sign for Hajduk Split on a three-year deal.
Forest do have Joao Carvalho back in the ranks and he is an option should the Reds fail in their attempts to sign Flemming.
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The youngster looks like a talented player indeed. Forest can’t wait the entire window though and they must decide how best to play this one.
They do have Carvalho who can be called upon to do a job, although Hughton would clearly like another option available to him.
The fee of £1.5 million doesn’t really sound a lot though, although it seems Forest don’t want to be held at ransom by any club this summer.
Flemming looks like a raw talent but Forest can’t wait forever and if Fortuna are digging their heels in, the club should move onto other targets.