According to the Daily Mail, Nottingham Forest have stepped up their attempts to sign Maxwell Cornet from Burnley. Everton and Fulham both hold an interest too.
The Ivory Coast star has a release clause in his Turf Moor contract. It stands at around £17.5 million and so far no club has come close to activating it.
Cornet was signed by Burnley from Lyon last summer. He took to the Premier League well, scoring nine goals and claiming two assists from 28 appearances.
The left-sided 25-year-old spent some of the campaign playing as a centre-forward. He’s renowned for occupying a spot out wide on the left, however, but his versatility could be helpful.
One problem in a possible deal is Cornet. He has a desire to play European football once again, although the three interested parties in the Premier League won’t grant him that wish.
The Reds have so far added 11 new players to their squad. Steve Cooper will be keen to give the Premier League a real go and he will want to ensure his team is well-stocked.
Right now, there is a bit of an imbalance. The Reds have plenty of defenders but could definitely do with some more quality in the final third when it comes to attackers.
Cornet has made 29 appearances for his country. During his time wearing the famous orange jersey he’s scored six goals and given his age he should have plenty more to come in the way of development.
Cornet efforts stepped up by Forest and it makes perfect sense
This is a deal that does make sense. Cornet is a Premier League player and he’d add a decent level of experience to the squad if the Reds can get him over the line.
Forest desperately need some new attackers. Indeed, if Cornet was signed, the Reds might just part their desire to sign another centre-forward for now.
Lewis Grabban’s departure has left Forest with a void to fill. The experienced club captain left recently to end his four-year association with the Reds where he scored over 50 goals.
Now, a replacement will be sought. Having played as a striker last season, Forest might just fancy Cornet as the versatile option to come and stake his claim for a place in the team.
Landing Cornet won’t be easy. If Forest can get the deal over the line, however, it would send out another statement of intent by Cooper and the club.