Nottingham Forest could sign Keinan Davis permanently – but it’s suggested that it may take a £15million bid to lure him away from Aston Villa.
Davis was fit enough to start in Sunday’s Championship playoff final against Huddersfield Town after a recent battle with injury.
Davis was only able to manage 28 minutes across two playoff semi-final legs against Sheffield United but played 66 minutes against Huddersfield.
There were a few promising moments from Davis on Sunday but he understandably wasn’t quite at his best at Wembley Stadium.
It didn’t matter in the end though as Forest secured a 1-0 victory and a ticket to the Premier League.
Nottingham Forest could sign Keinan Davis permanently
Davis, 24, joined Forest on loan in January having struggled for playing time at Aston Villa.
The powerful striker made a real impact with Forest, notching five goals and two assists in 18 Championship games.
Most Forest fans would probably love to see Davis sign permanently this summer and winning promotion enhances that possibility.
Yet the fee involved could be hefty with The Mirror claiming that Villa would sell for around £15million this summer.
Davis has only started five Premier League games for Villa so it feels difficult to justify such a fee for the striker.
Steve Cooper is a huge fan of Davis and has praised him as an ‘excellent footballer’ since his arrival at the City Ground.
You can understand why Cooper would want to keep hold of Davis but £15million may be a little too far.
Yes, Forest have more money to play with after winning promotion but there is little to justify that kind of fee for Davis.
If Forest can bring that fee down to the region of £5million to £10million, that would be much more palatable.
Clubs will be hiking up prices for Forest targets in the hope of landing a slice of the promotion pie, but Cooper and co will know when a deal is a little too rich – and that’s the feeling we get from these Davis reports.