Nottingham Forest remain keen on the signing of Ruslan Malinovskyi after their summer interest.

The Reds went after the Atalanta playmaker shortly after they landed Remo Freuler from the same club.

Forest aren’t alone in the chase to sign the Ukrainian, with Tottenham and West Ham also monitoring the player.

Malinovskyi chose to stay at Atalanta during the summer but his form hasn’t been particularly good this season.

Forest keen on Malinovskyi
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The player was valued at around £43 million but with his contract up next summer, it’s unlikely they’ll recoup that.

During 2022/23 he’s scored just once and laid on one assist from 11 appearances.

Now, Atalanta could be willing to cash in on the player with his contract due to expire in a few months.

The Reds might have a fight on their hands to land him.

Tottenham and West Ham both provide more attractive propositions and also the prospect of European football.

Malinovskyi signed for the Serie A side in 2019.

In 139 appearances, he’s scored 30 times and claimed 27 assists for Gian Piero Gasperini’s team.

Talk over his future has resurfaced this week, with Calcio Mercato claiming the Premier League interest remains.

Forest remain keen on signing Malinovskyi

At 29-years-old the player should be at the peak of his powers.

As a result, Forest are right to be targeting such a player ahead of the January transfer window.

But, signing him could be a challenge.

West Ham and Tottenham will likely come forward and they will likely have more cash to splurge in the summer.

Forest may have an issue persuading players to join in January.

Forest keen on Malinovskyi
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Overseas stars might hold reservations about joining Forest, especially if their poor form continues.

With that in mind, one eye might be placed on next season with any new signings.

If the Reds lose both of their two games before the World Cup then they could have some real problems.

Malinovskyi would be a useful addition, of course, but Forest perhaps won’t be leading this chase.

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