Nottingham Forest tried to enter the race for Roma attacker Justin Kluivert but the player is now set to sign for Fulham. According to Flavio Tassotti, the Reds tried an eleventh-hour attempt to divert the player’s attention but the Reds walked away.
Forest are still one or two attacking players light. Steve Cooper’s bench on Saturday possessed a mixture of fringe players, youngsters and perhaps harshly, a couple of players who will soon be deemed surplus to requirements.
As a result, the club are working tirelessly in the market. One or two more attacking players wouldn’t go amiss and it would seem as though the Reds’ hierarchy were keen to discover the situation regarding Kluivert.
Forest opted not to persist with their interest once they discovered how far down the line Fulham were. The Cottagers are thought to be on the verge of securing a loan deal for the 23-year-old, with a £10 million option to buy him next summer.
Kluivert spent last season on loan in Ligue 1 with Nice. There he made 31 appearances, scoring six goals and laying on a further seven in the way of assists. He helped the club secure a fifth-place finish and a European berth.
The versatile forward looks like a bright signing for Fulham. He can play anywhere across the front three and is viewed as one of European football’s brightest young talents. It’s also believed that the player holds a dream to play in the Premier League.
Forest tried to enter Kluivert race
This wouldn’t have been a bad signing. Kluivert plays a lot of his football on the left flank and it’s no secret that the Reds are keen to add another left-sided player to their attacking ranks.
Kluivert is the son of former Barcelona hero Patrick but he’s keen to make his own way. Things haven’t really worked out at Roma and he’s made just 19 goal contributions from 68 appearances for the Serie A outfit.
Forest were perhaps right to ask the question. Ultimately, they felt they could no longer compete with the Londoners, given that the deal was close to being completed in the coming days.
Only time will tell whether or not Forest should have declared their interest earlier. If he stars in the Premier League, the player could prove to be one that ultimately got away from the club’s recruitment team.