Nottingham Forest are keen to sign Bayern Munich defender Omar Richards and talks are ongoing, according to Florian Plettenberg.

The Bavarian giants are keen to offload the 24-year-old this summer but there is still work to do on this deal.

Richards has to fancy the move for a start and the deal is likely to cost between £8 million and £10 million.

The left-back checked in at the Allianz Arena during the summer of 2021 after leaving Reading.

He didn’t cost Bayern a penny but he failed to really make much of an impact during his maiden campaign in Germany.

Forest keen to sign Richards
Photo; S. Mellar; FC Bayern; Getty Images)

He made 17 appearances in all competitions but just six of those came in the way of starts.

Richards has bags of experience back in England though and he might fancy a return to his homeland.

The Reading academy graduate rose through the ranks in Berkshire to make 104 appearances for the club.

Interestingly one of his three goals for the Royals came against Forest.

He opened the scoring during a 1-1 draw against the Reds at the City Ground during the 2017/18 campaign.

Richards will have benefited from his time at Bayern but he must be craving regular football.

Forest could offer him that given that they’re extremely light when it comes to wing-backs.

Steve Cooper would love to add four new wing-backs this summer and Richards could become one of them.

Interestingly, Richards is represented by ICM Stellar Sports. Dean Henderson is on their books, whilst reported targets Morgan Gibbs-White and Wayne Hennessey are also part of their portfolio.

Forest keen on Richards and he could be an eye-catching addition

This is a name that has come out of the blue somewhat but it’s a signing that ticks lots of boxes.

Given his connection to the Bundesliga, this is likely to be one that has come out of George Syrianos’ recruitment plan.

It’s fair to say that Forest have targeted Germany as a country where they can cherry-pick some decent signings.

Likewise, this seems like a signing that would suit Dane Murphy and what he tends to look for.

Richards is only 24 and he’d likely retain some resale value should he check in at Forest this summer.

Forest keen to sign Richards
(Photo; S. Mellar; FC Bayern; Getty Images)

Rumour rating: 8/10 – There is a lot to like about this deal.

Richards knows the English game and he’d surely welcome the chance to move to a Premier League club.

The all-action left-sided wing-back fits what Steve Cooper looks for in his players down to the ground.

As a result, the Reds would be wise to get this relatively low-risk deal tied down as quickly as possible.

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