Dane Murphy is planning a raid on Barnsley to bring Callum Styles to Nottingham Forest during the summer transfer window, according to Yorkshire Post.
The Reds will cut their cloth accordingly this summer despite winning promotion to the Premier League. Forest returned to the top flight with a 1-0 win over Huddersfield in last weekend’s play-off final.
Styles will almost certainly leave Barnsley this summer. He was part of the team as they slipped back into League One after suffering relegation from the Championship.
The 22-year-old is a versatile performer but perhaps crucially, he’s capable of playing in the left-sided wing-back role that Forest are currently light in.
Hungarian outfit Ferencvaros are also monitoring the situation. Styles will almost certainly be allowed to leave if the price is right.
Styles has been at Barnsley since 2018 when he checked in from Bury. In 85 appearances for the club, he’s found the net eight times and his work rate has been second to none for the Tykes.
The youngster actually showed immense loyalty to Barnsley in January. He rejected moves to both Forest and Blackburn; pledging to try and help the Tykes stay in the Championship.
In the latest report, Styles has claimed that the CEO at Barnsley has accepted that it’s time for the busy performer to move on and seek a new challenge.
Forest want Styles and fans should get behind a deal
The Reds will need to try and bring in some Premier League experience this summer. Despite that, Styles does look like a player who could become a future star.
Forest will definitely need at least one left wing-back this summer. Jack Colback has deputised with Max Lowe injured but a makeshift option wouldn’t be ideal next season.
Styles is now an international player. He has switched his allegiances to pay for Hungary and he came on as a substitute against England yesterday.
Forest wouldn’t have to break the bank in order to sign Styles. Of course, Reds CEO Murphy knows first-hand what the player is capable of on his day.
Lots of speculation is taking place in the aftermath of Forest winning promotion.
Going for Styles makes a lot of sense and the Reds could certainly do a whole lot worse.