Nottingham Forest have agreed on a deal in principle with winger Paul Mukairu, according to Antalya Korfez. The Nigerian was linked with a move to the City Ground back in the summer, with Dane Murphy thought to be a huge fan.
The 21-year-old signed for Antalyaspor in 2021. He has made 19 appearances during 2021/22, scoring four goals for the Turkish top-flight outfit.
He returned from a loan spell with Anderlecht during the summer but for whatever reason, hasn’t quite settled. Now, it seems as though Forest will steal in and land the player.
The report claims that Forest will part with £1.8 million for the player. There will also be a clause included that sees Antalyaspor claim 20% of any future sale.
Mukairu can play on either flank. He has also showcased his ability to operate through the middle as a centre forward this season.
Three of his goals have come from playing upfront. That level of versatility will suit the criteria for what Steve Cooper likes in his players.
Antalyaspor would welcome the funds to bolster their own squad. Now, it remains to be seen whether Forest will do a deal before the January transfer window closes.
Intrigue: Mukairu looks ideal for Forest but Turkish reports must be taken with a pinch of salt
Mukairu has been linked with Forest seemingly non-stop since the summer. The fact he’s started 14 times this season and become integral makes the current link somewhat strange.
Turkish reports aren’t typically the most reliable. This time, there is actually a Turkish team involved so at least this will spark interest among supporters.
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If Forest can get Mukairu over the line, it could prove an exciting addition. At 21, he has bags of potential and his versatility would make him a useful addition.
Supporters will probably temper optimism right now. Until one of the top domestic journalists tweets something out, this could be more idle gossip from the continent.