Bristol City are in talks to sign Nottingham Forest linked striker Dion Charles, according to Sky Sports. Barnsley are interested in the striker too, with Nigel Pearson viewing him as a Jamie Vardy-type.

Forest have been linked with Charles throughout the summer. He enjoyed a campaign to remember during 2020/21, scoring 20 goals as Accrington secured a top-half finish in League One.

The 24-year-old has failed to score so far this season. It’s fair to say that his head may have been turned, however, with interest rife in the striker.

Accrington won’t be able to hang onto Charles if the price is right. The third tier outfit are hopeful of receiving a sum of £700,000 for his services prior to the window closing.

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It would seem as though Bristol City are now leading the charge for his signature. Pearson is desperate to arrest some poor form. He has been in charge at the club since February and is yet to oversee a win at Ashton Gate.

Forest could yet show their hand. The Reds have yet to claim a point in the Championship so far this season, losing all four games they have played.

Lewis Grabban and Lyle Taylor are the two strikers within the ranks at the moment. Both are very similar, with both players now in their thirties too.

As a result, Charles would provide a younger option and the Reds will be monitoring his situation closely.

Different option: Forest should rival Bristol City for Charles

Okay, so some would argue that the Accrington man has only had a couple of decent seasons playing in the EFL but ultimately he’s worth the gamble.

Charles would perhaps provide a different option to Forest’s current attackers and a fresh pair of legs would be beneficial.

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The Stanley ace would have something to prove at Championship level and that could make him a pretty decent addition.

Forest have to start doing something as it’s clear the current squad simply isn’t good enough. Charles could prove a shrewd addition and given his valuation, the Reds need to act quickly.

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