Emmanuel Dennis has emerged as a transfer target for Nottingham Forest, according to the Daily Mail. The Watford man is available for transfer and other clubs are also interested.
The Nigerian scored 10 Premier League goals last season. He was unable to prevent Watford from dropping into the Championship though and he could now be on the move.
Dennis cost Watford just £3 million. He checked in from Club Brugge during the summer transfer window of 2021 and coped pretty well with the demands of the Premier League.
Everton and Villarreal are two clubs thought to have been keen on signing Dennis. It has been rumoured, however, that Watford would like to recoup £25 million for the striker.
Forest are keen to sign another striker. Lewis Grabban said his goodbyes on Friday, departing the club after four years on Trentside and that leaves Steve Cooper’s squad short.
Taiwo Awoniyi has arrived this summer. He checked in from Union Berlin for £17 million after firing 20 goals in the Bundesliga last season.
More will be required though. Forest need to ensure they’re well-stocked in the final third and clearly, the club feels that Dennis can do a job for the team next season.
Dennis is a Forest target and he could be a decent addition
The seven-cap striker could be an ideal player to add. Not least, because the Reds have already signed his international teammate Awoniyi.
Last season, Dennis did arguably overachieve given that the hit double figures despite playing in a struggling side.
A fee of £25 million does seem somewhat steep. Still, Evangelos Marinakis wants to show ambition and this would definitely do that.
Rumour rating: 8/10 – There is plenty to like about this deal. At 24-years-old he has bags of time on his side and Forest should act.
It’s no surprise that Everton are interested. It’s hard not to believe the Goodison Park recruitment chief hasn’t been listening in during Forest recruitment meetings.
Forest are showing some ambition though and with Jesse Lingard set to sign, Dennis might fancy the Trentside project.