Nottingham Forest really like Arsenal striker Folarin Balogun, according to The Athletic.

The Reds have been linked with a move for the striker who was in action for the Gunners during their 5-1 Carabao Cup rout over Sunderland last night.

Forest have joined a plethora of clubs in the race to sign the 20-year-old.

Middlesbrough are also keen and they arguably hold a clearer pathway towards plenty of first-team football.

Forest have Lewis Grabban who hit the 10-goal mark on Saturday and whilst he’s fit, he will remain the primary talisman.

Forest Balogun
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There could actually be a problem, with regards to Balogun signing at the City Ground.

The Athletic claim that the situation with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could actually edge Balogun closer to the Arsenal first team.

The Gabonese player has fallen out of favour under Mikel Arteta, with the £250,000-a-week player being stripped of the captaincy.

His performance last night didn’t suggest that a first-team run is close. Eddie Nketiah took centre stage with a stunning hat-trick against the League One outfit.

Balogun has scored 15 goals in 13 outings for the under-23s during 2021/22. He has showcased his quality with some breathtaking performances but has perhaps outgrown under-23 football.

As a result, it will be intriguing to see what happens with Balogun in January.

Quality: Forest right to be in the mix for Arsenal starlet Balogun

Even if the Reds don’t land the Arsenal talent, the fact they’re targeting young Premier League talent must be viewed as a positive.

Forest have been stung far too often in the past when it comes to the January window and Steve Cooper won’t be happy if history repeats itself.

Forest Balogun
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Balogun does have the attributes to star in the second tier. He is powerful, quick, has an array of skills and perhaps crucially, knows where the back of the net is.

The striker is firmly on Forest’s radar. Whether they can get a deal over the line, however, remains to be seen.

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