Nottingham Forest tried to sign Bristol City striker Antoine Semenyo on the transfer deadline day last month.

Nothing came to fruition with Forest’s bid thought to be way short of the £20 million that the Robins value him at.

Semenyo has been in fine form this season and on Saturday, the Reds must keep a watchful eye on the young talisman.

It’s not clear what Forest bid but they looked to take advantage of Semenyo’s contract which will have a year remaining in the summer.

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The 22-year-old is in the form of his life right now. During 2021/22 he has found the net six times and claimed eight assists.

Bristol City have struggled for consistency during the current campaign and were beaten 2-1 by Coventry in midweek.

Nigel Pearson will want his team to finish with a flourish, however, and with Semenyo in his ranks, his team will always be a goal threat.

The youngster might see this as a mini audition and a chance to impress Steve Cooper.

Semenyo will be aware that a bid was rejected for him last month. The player might have fancied trying to help Forest claim a play-off place during the business end of the campaign.

Now he has the chance to stick the boot into Forest and the defence must keep him at close quarters.

Talent: Semenyo would be class signing for Forest

Bristol City are one of several Championship clubs who are in financial difficulty, to the point where they could encounter points deductions next season.

With that in mind, a £20 million valuation on the head of Semenyo could be extremely ambitious.

It’s easy to see why Forest are keen on Semenyo. He ticks all the boxes for both Cooper and Dane Murphy when it comes to a young signing with bags of potential.

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Forest might find themselves with money to play with during the summer. Joe Worrall and Brennan Johnson have both been linked with moves and a sale could loosen the purse strings.

If that is the case, Semenyo would be ideal and Forest will hope he doesn’t do the business on Saturday.

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