Nottingham Forest, Everton, West Ham and Southampton have held discussions with the agent of Emmanuel Dennis, The Express has confirmed this morning.

Despite instigating talks, it does seem unlikely that any of the interested parties will be making a concrete offer; with the quarter wanting Watford to slash their asking price.

Dennis is clearly a wanted man. He scored 10 goals in the Premier League last season after making a £3 million switch from Genk during the summer of 2021.

The striker is valued at £20 million by Watford. None of the clubs who have spoken to the player’s agent are willing to stretch that far and he could remain at Vicarage Road.

Forest hold talks Dennis
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Forest are on the lookout for a new striker. Lewis Grabban has departed and Sam Surridge had an operation shortly after the Wembley win and hasn’t played yet during pre-season.

The Reds have signed Taiwo Awoniyi from Union Berlin. Ultimately, he will require some competition, however, and another striker will be sought.

Dennis would represent a decent piece of business. Forest won’t be held at ransom though and the striker could be left frustrated as he bids for a Premier League return.

West Ham and Southampton have already made their stance clear to Watford. The duo have informed them that Dennis isn’t among their priority targets this summer.

Discussions held with Dennis but Forest should move along

There really isn’t a lot to see here. Watford want £20 million and Forest don’t particularly fancy paying it.

As a result, the Reds would be wise to move on to other targets as they bid to shake up their strike force before the season starts.

Forest hold talks Dennis
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Dennis would be a useful addition. His 10-goal-haul last season clearly didn’t go unnoticed and he does know where the net is.

Given that Forest have already spent a fortune this summer, they may choose to be a little savvier when it comes to signing another striker.

With that in mind, perhaps Dennis isn’t the striker for the Reds this summer.

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