Nottingham Forest won’t be signing Paul Mukairu this month, according to Turkish journalist Koray Baloglu. The player is set to join Danish top-flight outfit FC Copenhagen before the end of the transfer window.
The winger has been a long-term target for Forest. It is thought that the Reds had agreed on a deal to sign the youngster but ultimately he will now sign terms elsewhere.
Mukairu caught the eye of Forest during a loan spell with Anderlecht last season. The 22-year-old scored four goals and claimed four assists in Vincent Kompany’s team before returning to Antalyaspor.
During 2021/22, he’s managed four goals from 19 appearances. He started 14 games this season but had missed the last three outings ahead of a potential move to Forest.
Now, Mukairu will head to Denmark instead. There he will undergo a medical with his new club and pen terms, likely on a permanent deal.
It was claimed earlier this month at everything between Mukairu and Forest was agreed. There are some suggestions that the player was denied a work permit to work in England and that scuppered the deal.
Mukairu is almost certainly a Dane Murphy target. He is only 22 and with bags of potential, he was obviously targeted with one eye on the future.
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Given the news that Brennan Johnson looks set to stay at Forest, another attacker may not be arriving at the City Ground proper to Monday’s deadline.
Mukairu may have proved ideal though. He is quick, skilful and likes to get involved when it comes to goal contributions.
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It did always seem as though Mukairu was perhaps the third choice on Forest’s list. Jed Wallace and Josh Bowler have also been linked with a move to the club this month.
The Nigerian will now pen terms elsewhere before Monday and it will be intriguing to see how his career now progresses.