Nottingham Forest are considering another attempt to sign West Ham defender Emmanuel Longelo, according to Claret and Hugh. The Reds saw an initial bid to sign him in January rejected by the Hammers and he stayed put.
Forest will go in search of more defenders in the summer. Interestingly, Joe Worrall is being heavily linked with a move in the opposite direction to the London Stadium.
Longelo made a single first-team appearance earlier this season. It came during a 1-0 defeat to Dinamo Zagreb in their final game in the Europa League group stage.
The talented youngster has been a mainstay in the under-23 team in the Premier League 2. He has made 14 appearances for the young Hammers, registering three assists.
His future does seem somewhat uncertain though. West Ham are likely to try and strengthen their ranks in the summer and some players may leave to make room.
It is claimed that Longelo has been on Forest’s radar for some time. Scouts have been in place at under-23 games for a few weeks now and the Reds fancy the defender.
Forest didn’t come close to signing Longelo in the January window. The offer made was instantly rejected given that it came nowhere near to West Ham’s valuation.
Longelo could be ideal for Forest
Max Lowe is likely to be Forest’s number one transfer target in the summer. He is on loan from Sheffield United and discussions look likely to take place.
If the Blades stand firm though, Forest might need a contingency plan. Longelo would represent a decent signing and he fits the profile of a Steve Cooper signing.
At 21-years-old he looks set for a bright future. He’d also retain a decent amount of sell-on value and he could hold down the position for years to come.
Forest will likely stick with their strategy of signing young players in the summer and as a result, Longelo might just be perfect.