Nottingham Forest will face competition from Wolves and Fulham to secure the signing of Tottenham defender Joe Rodon, according to the Daily Record. The Reds are keen to strengthen their central defensive options this summer following promotion to the Premier League.
Forest have been linked with several players since winning promotion over a fortnight ago. The Reds defeated Huddersfield 1-0 in the Championship play-off final at Wembley, with a Levi Colwill own goal settling the tie.
Now, the challenge for Forest is to build a competitive team for the Premier League. It’s been 23 long years since the Reds tasted Premier League football and they will want to make sure their stay isn’t short-lived.
Rodon has fallen down the pecking order at Tottenham. He managed just 10 appearances last season and that simply won’t do during 2022/23 with the World Cup set to take place during the winter in Qatar.
Forest boss Steve Cooper knows all about Rodon. He called him ‘fantastic’ back in February 2020 and he was in charge of the Swans when he was sold to Tottenham for £11 million.
Rodon is an uncompromising performer. He now has Wolves and Fulham vying for his signature too, with interest likely to be rife in the centre-back during the summer transfer window.
Forest face Rodon competition and Cooper must act
This would be a particularly good signing for Forest. The lure of Wolves and Fulham will be strong but perhaps Cooper is the trump card that can seal a coup for the Reds.
Essentially, Rodon got himself his big move to Tottenham thanks to Cooper. He gave him the confidence to express himself in the first team and that caught the attention of the Premier League big boys.
His time at Spurs hasn’t gone overly great. Of course, he’d have liked to have featured more but under Conte, his chances of regular football seem bleak.
With the World Cup just around the corner, he will want to play. The evidence suggests that his best chance of doing that would be at the City Ground.
Tobias Figueiredo has been released by the Reds. That leaves Joe Worrall, Scott McKenna and Steve Cook as the first choice options; with Loic Mbe Soh and Jonathan Panzo providing backup.
As a result, Rodon looks like the ideal addition. The player earns just £24,000-a-week at Tottenham and that salary would hardly break the bank on Trentside.