Nottingham Forest are ramping up their interest in Watford striker Emmanuel Dennis, according to Sky Sports. The Reds are desperate to beef up their attack and are keen to land the Championship talisman before the window closes.
Watford value their player at £20 million. Forest, however, are going to try and loan the Nigeria international and include an option to buy the player next summer should things work out for both parties.
Dennis signed for the Hornets from Club Brugge for just £3.5 million last summer. He did really well during his first campaign playing in the Premier League, scoring 10 goals despite Watford slipping into the Championship.
The 24-year-old has played in both of Watford’s games in the Championship this season. He’s helped the team claim four points after a 1-0 win over Sheffield United and a 1-1 draw against West Bromwich Albion.
Forest are definitely in the market for another striker. They’ve added Taiwo Awoniyi to the ranks; whilst Sam Surridge started against Newcastle at St James’ Park during the opening weekend of the Premier League campaign.
Lewis Grabban has departed though and Forest can’t depend on two unproven strikers in the Premier League. Dennis would provide some top-flight expertise and Steve Cooper would welcome this deal getting done.
Last season he was raved about by Michael Owen. After a goalscoring performance against Aston Villa, the Premier League 100-club member told Premier League TV: “What a player! He was absolutely excellent.”
Forest interest in Dennis is legit and the club must get this one done
The £20 million valuation doesn’t seem a lot in the grand scheme of things. Forest need a striker and Dennis will be craving a return to the Premier League.
The seven-cap international earns £27,000-a-week and that would make him very affordable. If Forest were to strike a loan deal, they’d surely take on that wage in full.
Dennis is a real workhorse of a striker. He never stops running and when he’s not scoring goals, he’s busy teeing up others to create chances.
This is a deal that lots of Forest fans would be willing to get behind. He’s a striker who knows where the net is and he’d likely strike up a strong partnership with international teammate Awoniyi.