Nottingham Forest have made a bid of £20 million for Watford striker Emmanuel Dennis, The Athletic understands. The Reds are trying desperately to sign a new striker and look to have identified a new top target.

Dennis signed for the Hornets last summer from Club Brugge. He cost the Hertfordshire-based outfit £3.5 million and fired 10 goals during his maiden campaign playing in the Premier League.

Now, he’s a wanted man. Several clubs are thought to have been monitoring the situation but Forest are the first club to place some money on the table.

Forest bid Dennis
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Dennis had been open to staying at Watford this season. They’re now in the Championship and he’s started both of the club’s league games so far during 2022/23.

Last season he proved a real menace for opposition defenders. Scoring 10 times during the first season in England is no mean feat and clearly Forest fancy him to do a job.

It’s not clear how Forest have structured the deal at this stage. What has been reported, however, is that the total bid equates to around £20 million.

Watford will sell at the right place. It was claimed they valued him around the £20 million mark, although they may want to recoup the majority of that upfront.

Forest bid for Dennis

The Reds would be wise to get this deal over the line. A Nigerian international, Dennis knows the Premier League and crucially he knows where the back of the net is.

Dennis doesn’t just score goals. Last season he laid on a further six in the way of assists and he’s proven himself as a team player on the pitch.

Forest bid Dennis
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Forest would be signing a player that Michael Owen has endorsed previously. Last season, he called the £27,000-a-week player ‘excellent’ following a goalscoring performance against Aston Villa.

He also claimed that Dennis was a ‘bargain’ and even at £20 million, Forest might believe that they will be getting one of their own if they land the 24-year-old.

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