Nottingham Forest have pulled out of a deal to sign Watford striker Emmanuel Dennis, according to the Daily Mail. The Hornets value their player in the region of £25 million.
Dennis looks like being a wanted man this summer. The Reds had held an interest in the Nigeria international but it seems they’ve baulked at the club’s asking price.
The 24-year-old signed for Watford from Genk for £3 million last summer. He scored 10 goals from 35 appearances during 2021/22 and also registered six assists.
Forest were credited with an interest in the talisman. The report doesn’t actually say why they’re no longer in the running but his price tag is likely to come as a shock.
Dennis couldn’t save Watford from relegation last season. With the EFL campaign to get underway on Friday night, the Hornets look set to be starting the season with their talisman.
Interestingly Dennis would have checked in at Forest to compete with a fellow Nigerian for a place. Taiwo Awoniyi has already checked in this summer and will likely be Forest’s regular striker.
Now, he’s likely to stat at Watford for the foreseeable. It’s difficult to imagine anyone paying the £25 million and that could see him set for Championship action.
West Ham are interested in landing the striker. Still, it’s not clear whether they will make a formal bid for the player.
Forest pulled out of Dennis deal and other targets must be sought
It’s crystal clear that Forest need to sign another striker. Lewis Grabban has gone and with Sam Surridge injured, Awoniyi is the only option in attack.
Nothing against the former Union Berlin man but Forest will need other options. Steve Cooper typically likes two or three options from the bench and another striker is necessary.
The Reds are perhaps right to pull out of this deal. Dennis hasn’t done enough to warrant such a hefty transfer fee and at this stage, Forest look to be doing the right thing.
If the player actually pushed to leave, perhaps Watford would accept a lower price. Until then, however, this seems like a deal that Forest have now walked away from.