Nottingham Forest will rival Middlesbrough for Arsenal striker Folarin Balogun during January.

John Percy from The Telegraph has confirmed that Forest are in the running for the sought-after striker.

The 20-year-old hasn’t made a first-team outing since August and is behind several other strikers at the Emirates Stadium.

Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah are all ahead of him in the Gunners pecking order.

The situation surrounding Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is currently unclear, although he’s currently ahead of Balogun too.

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That means that a loan move is likely. Several Championship clubs will compete for his signature and Forest are in the mix.

Steve Cooper is keen to add a younger striker to his ranks. Lewis Grabban has nine goals this season, with Lyle Taylor claiming three.

Forest are eighth in the Championship and now have eyes set on reaching the play-offs during 2021/22.

Whether that is possible is likely to depend on what business can be done in January.

The Reds were in a similar position during 2019/20. Signings of Adama Diakhaby, Gaetan Bong and Nuno Da Costa did little to help the team and Forest fell at the final hurdle.

With that in mind, Balogun would be a step in the right direction and Forest could seal a real coup.

What have Arsenal fans said about Balogun possibly heading to Forest?

It seems as though the fan base are happy for Balogun to head to City Ground during January.

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The Reds should be able to give plenty of opportunities to the young striker and he could fly in the Championship.

Having a younger striker will certainly help Forest as they approach the run-in and Balogun clearly has talent.

Here is what the Arsenal fan base have had to say regarding the youngster potentially heading to Forest.

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