Nottingham Forest have sent scouts to watch Norwich City defender Andrew Omobamidele, according to The Sun. The Reds will target more defenders should they stay in the Premier League this season.

The 20-year-old has played 40 times for the Canaries. Furthermore, he’s won five caps for the Republic of Ireland and appears set to have a bright future in the game.

Forest scout Omobamidele
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Steve Cook is out of contract during the summer. That will leave Moussa Niakhate, Scott McKenna and Joe Worrall to battle it out for the central defensive spots in Steve Cooper’s team.

Omobamidele is a sound central defender. He’s risen through the Norwich youth ranks and is now part of David Wagner’s promotion-chasing squad in the Championship.

Former Canaries boss Dean Smith has previously praised Omobamidele. Earlier this season he claimed: “He’s an accomplished player. He is going to be a really big player for us and he’s a big positive.”

Omobamidele will be a wanted man in the summer. Forest are unlikely to be the only club watching him right now and they might have to move quickly to land him.

Cooper will know that his team concede far too many goals. The Reds shipped another four at West Ham yesterday and defensive reinforcements will be required during the summer.

Scouts sent by Forest to watch Omobamidele

Forest are clearly keen to sign more defenders. Cooper has used an astonishing nine different partnerships during 2022/23 and clearly, a more settled approach would be preferred.

Forest scout Omobamidele
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The Reds have been nothing short of hapless defensively, especially away from home. If Forest do get relegated this season it will be down to their form on the road and something needs to change.

Omobamidele would definitely strengthen the Forest rearguard. Signing a quality, young defender would also represent a nice approach by the club, with fans typically preferring younger players to be added.

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