Italian journalist Paolo Bargiggia has said there is a 60% chance that Nottingham Forest will sign Ruslan Malinovskyi in January.
The reputable transfer expert has been discussing future business with Area Napoli and he thinks West Ham are also in the running.
Malinovskyi was on Forest’s radar shortly after they signed Remo Freuler. The Reds entered negotiations straight away with Atalanta but a deal couldn’t be struck.
Ultimately, the Ukraine international stayed in Serie A amid interest from Forest, the Hammers and Tottenham who were also keen.
The man with a ferocious left foot looks destined for the Premier League though. Interest looks set to be rife in January and the player could move on.
Bargiggia believes that a move is likely and thinks Forest might hold the aces to secure his signing.
He told Area Napoli: “Malinovskyi, in all probability, will leave Atalanta. His future could be in England. I think 60% he will go to Nottingham Forest, 30% to West Ham, another club who are interested. I’d say 10% for other possible destinations.”
Atalanta boss Gian Piero Gasperini is a huge fan of his attacking midfielder. He’s previously been called ‘really important’ by the veteran manager and he will be sad to see him go.
Journalist makes Forest claim about Malinovskyi
This would be a wonderful signing for the Reds to make; although there is a debate to be had over where he would play.
The 29-year-old typically plays as the number 10 in Gasperini’s team, although he can play on the left-hand side.
Malinovskyi has become a cult hero at the Serie A club and has become renowned for his free kicks. In 135 appearances for the club, he’s scored 30 goals and laid on a further 27 in the way of assists.
Forest do have Morgan Gibbs-White and Jesse Lingard competing for a place in the number 10 role.
Having Malinovskyi as a left-footed option perhaps would bring some balance to the Forest attack, however, and this would be a very decent deal.