Nottingham Forest are keen to sign Walid Cheddira when the January transfer window opens, according to Gianluca Di Marzio. The Bari striker is currently the top goalscorer in Serie B with nine goals.

The striker earned a surprise call-up to Morocco’s squad for the World Cup in Qatar. He will hope to make his mark when they face Spain in the round of 16 after progressing to that stage from a tough group.

Cheddira is now attracting interest from several clubs. Forest are one of the clubs interested in taking him and Bari are thought to value him at around £5 million, despite signing him for just £100,000.

Forest keen Cheddira
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The 24-year-old is on fire this season. He has scored nine in Serie B but in total, he’s scored 14 in all competitions from just 15 appearances and it’s clear that the centre-forward has something about him.

At the start of the season, the former Parma man went on a remarkable run. He scored in seven successive league games and has helped Bari reach a pretty lofty league position of late.

Cheddira has only made two appearances for his country. They both came in friendly contests against Chile and Paraguay earlier this year when he failed to cover himself in glory by bagging.

The talented striker has been an unused substitute in all three World Cup games. It’s fair to say that he will benefit from the experience of being at a major tournament with a talented group of players.

Forest keen to sign Cheddira

This would be an intriguing signing. It’s fair to say, however, that Forest could welcome some more firepower to their attack when the transfer window opens in January.

Cheddira has a lot of learning to do. One thing he’s proving this season. however, is that he knows how to tuck away chances and score goals.

Forest keen Cheddira
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There is a big leap between the Italian second division and the Premier League though and Forest must bear that in mind.

Cheddira wouldn’t be an expensive option and he would at least be another striker for Steve Cooper to call upon.

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