Nottingham Forest-linked central defender Jonathan Tah is now being courted by Liverpool and Newcastle, according to 90Min. Forest remain in the mix, although their chances will now be severely limited.
Tah is keen on a Premier League move during the summer. He will have two years to run on his existing deal with Bayer Leverkusen at the end of the season and wants to play in England.
Newcastle are firmly in the mix to secure Champions League football this season. They drew 1-1 with Bournemouth at the weekend but remain inside the top four of the Premier League.
Liverpool have a real scrap on their hands just to make it into Europe. Jurgen Klopp’s men have really struggled during the 2022/23 campaign and lost 1-0 to Forest back in October.
Tah has been a regular in the team under Xabi Alonso. The ex-Liverpool midfielder is a huge fan of the £57,000-a-week Tah and he will be gutted to lose him at the end of the season.
The 27-year-old has been with Leverkusen since 2015 when he signed from Hamburg. He has made 284 appearances for the Bundesliga outfit and is now attracting interest.
Forest made a late bid to sign Tah on transfer deadline day. The deal wasn’t accepted though, with Leverkusen keen to keep hold of him until the end of the 2-2022/23 campaign.
Forest linked Tah wanted by Newcastle and Liverpool
There could be a reason for Forest to go in search of another defender in the summer. Willy Boly and Felipe aren’t getting any younger, whilst doubts remain over the Premier League credentials of Scott McKenna and Joe Worrall.
Signing Tah looks unlikely now. Alonso will likely tell the defender all about his time at Liverpool and given how they’ve played this season, he will fancy playing regularly there.
Furthermore, lots of players will fancy the project in place at Newcastle. If they reach the top four this season the possibilities for next season could be endless and Tah might fancy that.
Forest might have to go back to the drawing board. Tah isn’t going to cost Premier League clubs a particularly large amount and more clubs could join the race to sign the defender.