Nottingham Forest were linked with a move for Red Bull Salzburg wonderkid Noah Okafor in the summer. Last night, he scored against Chelsea in the Champions League and he could be available for £26 million.
The Reds left no stone unturned in their quest to build a squad capable of being competitive in the Premier League. Steve Cooper added no fewer than 22 new players and the challenge now is to gel a settled team together.
Okafor would have been a ridiculous signing for Forest. During 2021/22, he found the net on no fewer than 14 occasions and also registered 11 assists, despite playing most of his football as a centre-forward.
He’s also started this season in emphatic fashion too. He’s scored seven goals in all competitions; including strikes against AC Milan and Chelsea in the Champions League.
The 22-year-old has really come of age in the 12 months and now clubs are looking at him with intrigue. Forest did make tentative enquiries to sign him this summer but nothing came to fruition.
Salzburg will be resigned to the fact that they will lose Okafor in the coming transfer windows. Now, his agent, Gianluca Di Domenico has claimed that he could cost £26 million.
That valuation doesn’t seem to be too bad considering his talent. Okafor has also been capped eight times by Switzerland, scoring two goals and his ceiling is extremely high.
Forest linked Okafor is bang in form
If the Reds can maintain their status as a Premier League club, they must move for Okafor. The young striker is a real talent and he could be Forest’s primary striker for years to come.
Forest added Taiwo Awoniyi and Emmanuel Dennis this summer. So far this season, the Reds haven’t really utilised a striker and that is something for Steve Cooper to address.
Having Okafor would be a remarkable piece of business for the club. Indeed, it’s encouraging that he was on the club’s radar during the past summer as they built a squad for the Premier League.
Forest now have a rough idea of how much he will cost. Given that it doesn’t seem overly extortionate, the Reds should do whatever it takes to land the man who stunned Chelsea last night.