Nottingham Forest are hopeful of signing Watford playmaker Philip Zinckernagel during the summer transfer window, according to the Watford Observer.

The 27-year-old signed for Forest back in August on a season-loan loan from the Hornets. Last season he helped the club reach the Premier League via automatic promotion.

Zinckernagel has been impressive during his time at the City Ground. During the 2021/22 campaign, he’s scored seven goals and registered 10 assists from 44 appearances for the Reds.

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The Danish performer was bang in form last night. Forest enhanced their automatic promotion aspirations by defeating league leaders Fulham 1-0 at Craven Cottage.

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Forest have expressed an interest in signing Zinckernagel on a permanent deal. At this stage, there is some work to do though with both teams uncertain over what league they’ll be in next season.

Watford are facing a losing battle to keep their Premier League place. Right now, Forest are firmly in the mix to be one of the teams to replace them in the top-flight for 2022/23.

Zinckernagel has four years to run on his contract at Vicarage Road. That will further complicate matters for the Reds, although they remain keen to sign him this summer.

Zinkernagel would be wonderful Forest signing

Plenty have questioned the midfielder during the current campaign. At times, his decision making has been called into question and also his ability to be consistent.

Ultimately, Forest look a much more polished outfit when Zinckernagel plays. Last night he was fantastic and his work rate was unrivalled in the Reds’ ranks.

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Signing a number 10 typically costs money. As a result, if Forest can tempt Watford into a sale at a reasonable price, it could prove a very shrewd investment indeed.

Zinckernagel isn’t every supporter’s cup of tea but ultimately he’s proved a useful addition. His goal contributions have been telling and he’d make a useful signing for next season.

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