Nottingham Forest are one of several clubs in the mix to sign MLS star Valentin Castellanos – and Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has raved about him.
The Reds are keen to sign a striker next month. The New York City golden boot winner is thought to be firmly on the radar of Forest CEO Dane Murphy.
Signing him won’t be easy though. West Ham and Besiktas are keen, whilst Manchester City could let him travel to England to train with their first team.
Last season, the 23-year-old helped his team become US champions. He fired home 23 goals and registered eight assists.
Now, he’s a target for several clubs and Forest could be willing to fork out £8 million for his services next month.
Previously, Guardiola has spoken about Castellanos and it’s fair to say he’s a big fan.
He told The Sun: “I think he is a guy who will make the next step and move to Europe.
“What I saw and heard when the scouting department talked to me about him, I think he is a quality player ready to play in Europe and we will see where.”
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Given that West Ham are keen, it does look a long shot that Forest will sign him.
Murphy is a big fan though and he will hope to convince him to join the Reds if a fee can be agreed.
Guardiola given his endorsement certainly bodes well and the fact he’s willing to let him train with City is perhaps telling.
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West Ham will have bigger clout when it comes to finances, of course. They will only view him as a backup option to Michail Antonio, however.
As a result, the chance to play regular football and get used to the English game in the second tier could be a big incentive to the Argentine.
This signing would be an intriguing one for Forest fans but an exciting one all the same.