Nottingham Forest were linked with a move for Paul Mukairu last summer and The Athletic claims he could still be available.

The Nigerian performer was targeted by the club after four goals and four assists for Anderlecht on loan during 2020/21.

He didn’t earn a move from Antalyaspor though and ultimately he’s been utilised in their squad this season.

Mukairu has scored four goals throughout the current campaign, playing nine times as a striker and eight on the left wing.

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The Reds were busy trying to add forwards to their squad, as they aimed for better fortunes in front of goal.

Forest scored the third-lowest amount of goals in the entire EFL last season and naturally, that saw the club target attackers.

Interestingly, the Turkish outfit weren’t keen on doing business in the summer. Forest saw a bid of £2 million rejected, according to Ajansspor.

Mukairu has previously been linked with Tottenham. Clearly, he has talent and it’s perhaps no surprise that Antalyaspor wanted to take a closer look at him.

Now, he could be available once again though. Mukairu will still be on the radar of Dane Murphy, with forwards very much still the order of the day for Forest.

Talent: Could Forest move for Mukairu in January?

The youngster does fit the profile of a Murphy signing down to the ground. He is young, has considerable resale value and wouldn’t cost the earth.

The tricky part of any deal could be that he’s currently featuring regularly in the Antalyaspor team and that muddies the water somewhat.

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Mukairu can play in a number of positions and that does make him an attractive proposition. Having players that can adapt is a big aspect of Steve Cooper’s squad and the Nigerian fits that bill.

The youngster has a contract until 2024 in Turkey and it remains to be seen whether Forest will move in January.

Taking everything into consideration, the Reds could probably do a lot worse.

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