Nottingham Forest are eyeing a deadline day swoop to sign Bayer Leverkusen defender Jonathan Tah, according to The Sun. The Reds are keen to reinforce their rearguard prior to the window slamming shut on Tuesday night.
The Germany international would be deemed as a coup by the Reds. At 26-years-old, he would likely be arriving at the City Ground in his prime and he’s valued at around £25 million.
Tah has a contract with Leverkusen for a couple of years yet. As a result, it seems as though Evangelos Marinakis will have to dig deep into those pockets of his to sign him this month.
The talented player has been with his current club since 2015. He checked in from Hamburg and has made 281 appearances for the Bundesliga outfit, collecting 16 caps for Germany.
Tah was left out of the World Cup squad at the back end of last year. That will have come as a real blow to him and a move to the Premier League might enhance his chances of a recall.
Forest are keen to add another central defender to their ranks. Joe Worrall and Willy Boly have been the two primary choices of late but it would seem that Cooper doesn’t fancy Scott McKenna or Steve Cook as Premier League options.
Moussa Niakhate is also in the Forest ranks. He’s been injured since August though and as a result, the Reds want to bring another option in before the window closes.
Forest eyeing swoop for Tah
This would be quite something if Forest could get this over the line. Tottenham, Arsenal and Newcastle have all been linked with the £58,000-a-week defender in recent transfer windows.
Forest appear to be leaving no stone unturned in order to improve their squad. The Reds want to ensure they stay in the Premier League this season and Tah could help them achieve that.
The clock is ticking, however. Forest don’t have long to strengthen their ranks and their survival hopes could hinge on whether or not they can land a defender this month.
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The Reds need a defender and now their job is to tempt Leverkusen into selling one of their star players before Tuesday.
If Forest can get this deal over the line, they’ll be well on their way towards staying in the Premier League this season.