Arsenal striker Folarin Balogun is set to decide on his future in the coming days, according to Football London, with Nottingham Forest and Middlesbrough hoping to sign him.
The talisman started for the Gunners in Tuesday’s 5-1 win over Sunderland in the Carabao Cup.
His short-term future will be out on loan though and Forest are keen to add him to their ranks for the second half of the season.
Both Championship outfits will face competition from abroad. French side Saint-Etienne are also on the mix to take him on loan.
Balogun has been flying for the under-23s this season. He has scored 15 goals in just 13 appearances and it’s fair to say he’s outgrown that level of football.
The next step for the Arsenal talent is to go somewhere and play regular first-team football.
Forest are in the market for a striker when the window reopens.
Balogun is one name that has been mentioned, with Aston Villa youngster Keinan Davis another in the frame.
Lewis Grabban has 10 goals during 2021/22 but Lyle Taylor has just three to his name.
Boss Steve Cooper is hoping to add a younger forward to his ranks and Balogun is a player he’d love to sign.
Anxious: Forest will hope for positive call on Balogun
It would be quite something if the Reds could persuade Balogun to head up the M1 to sign for Forest.
With the Reds on the cusp of a top-six place, the Arsenal man could be just the signing to help them cement a play-off place.
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He is quick, knows where the net is and also possesses an awful lot of skill.
Balogun would bring something different to the table than Grabban and Taylor and he could be a really important signing.
It’s over to you, Folarin!