Nottingham Forest won’t be deterred in their quest to sign Aston Villa striker Keinan Davis on a permanent deal this summer, according to The Athletic.

The Reds had the 24-year-old on loan for the second half of the 2021/22 campaign. A battering ram of a striker, he contributed five goals and was largely impressive.

Forest are yet to add to their squad ahead of their maiden campaign in the Premier League for 23 years. Steve Cooper is now back off holiday, however, and things could be ramped up.

Forest want Davis
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It was claimed shortly after Forest won promotion that Davis could be allowed to leave Villa Park this summer. He won’t come cheap though, with some reports claiming he could cost the Reds £15 million.

In hindsight, that amount isn’t exactly a lot given that Forest will now have a sizeable transfer kitty to spend. Signing him would also allow Cooper to keep the strike force in place that led his team to the Premier League.

Davis was signed by the Reds in January. His arrival was met with some intrigue given that his goalscoring record at Villa hardly jumps off of the page.

Forest fans soon took to Davis. It was clear from his debut against Arsenal that his game was about more than just scoring goals and his brute strength is a real attribute.

Steven Gerrard has Danny Ings and Ollie Watkins in his ranks. He will also target another forward this summer and that will bump Davis down the pecking order once again.

Forest want Davis and he’d be a quality addition for the Reds

Cooper will want the team spirit to remain in his squad from last season. Naturally, he will get that by adding as many of the players from the promotion-winning campaign as possible.

Signing all the loanees on a permanent basis won’t be easy. Davis being added to the ranks though does make sense and he’d prove a useful first signing to the ranks.

Forest want Davis
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At 24 there is still time for the powerful talisman to improve. Not only that but with regular game time, he could thrive and begin to score more goals at first-team level.

Yesterday, some idle rumours claimed Forest might be in for Ings from Villa. It was merely a journalist claiming that a newly-promoted club might be ideal for the striker – but that won’t be Forest.

The Reds will plan a raid on Aston Villa though. Davis looks like being surplus under Gerrard and their loss could very much be Forest’s gain this summer.

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