Nottingham Forest target Dion Charles is in advanced talks to sign for Bolton Wanderers, according to Football Insider.
The striker was linked with a move to the City Ground in the summer and has been frozen out by Accrington this season.
Boss John Coleman has essentially refused to pick Charles due to his unwillingness to pen a new deal with the League One outfit.
Now, he’s set to make a switch to Accrington’s geographical rivals in the same division.
Charles enjoyed his best season as a professional during 2020/21. He fired 20 goals as Coleman’s men secured a mid-table finish in League One.
The 26-year-old has played six games this season, without finding the net.
Coleman chose not to pick him after the striker made it abundantly clear that he wouldn’t commit his future.
Forest were linked with the former non-league striker in May (The Athletic).
Chris Hughton had identified the talisman as someone who could compete with Lewis Grabban and Lyle Taylor for the mantle of scoring goals.
Forest perhaps now have bigger fish to fry. They’ve been linked with loan deals for Folarin Balogun and Keinan Davis during the January window.
Bolton now look like completing a six-figure deal thought to be in the region of £250,000 once the window reopens.
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It has to be said, they’re probably better off out of the running.
At 26 he’s at a nice age, although he’s never played a Championship game throughout his career.
Forest will perhaps look to sign a younger striker and do seem unlikely to spend during January unless a player is sold.
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Charles looks too much of a risk for Forest to consider at this stage and perhaps that ship has now sailed.
If Forest are hoping to be a Premier League club in the near future, they’ll certainly be hoping to attract a better quality of player.