Nottingham Forest are hopeful of signing Mansfield Town youngster Owen Mason, according to The Sun on Sunday (Print Edition; page 59).
The Reds are keen to sign the goalkeeper who has been called up for the Republic of Ireland under-19s this season.
Mason has been a regular with the under-18 outfit at Mansfield and is held in high regard at the club.
Forest do have a plethora of goalkeepers. Brice Samba is the first choice with Ethan Horvath, Jordan Smith, Nicky Hogarth and Jordan Wright all at the club.
Interestingly, Mansfield currently have Forest owned stopper George Shelvey on loan at One Call Stadium and he will be training with Mason day in and day out.
The 17-year-old is a prospect of the Stags academy and now Forest are looking to make their move.
Clearly, the Reds feel that another goalkeeper wouldn’t go amiss and have identified Mason as a potential signing.
The Republic of Ireland youngster looks set for a big future in the game and Forest now want to add him to their ranks.
Exciting: Forest could hit the jackpot with Mansfield starlet Mason
The Reds have an eye for talent behind the scenes. Gary Brazil knows a good youngster when he sees one and Mason could be the next Forest star.
Samba has been pretty good for Forest but it’s fair to say there isn’t much in reserve.
Horvath didn’t cover himself in glory when called upon in the Championship and perhaps Mason can provide some competition to the Forest first choice.
Mason has bags of potential and he’s rated highly by Mansfield boss Nigel Clough.
The starlet looks set for a bright future and perhaps he could be a solid signing for the Reds.