Sydney van Hooijdonk has admitted that he could leave Bologna this summer, amid links with Nottingham Forest. The striker is down the pecking order with the Serie A club and an exit looks likely.
The Reds will go in search of some firepower this summer. Taiwo Awoniyi carried the goalscoring mantle during 2022/23 and he finished the campaign with 11 strikes in all competitions.
Van Hooijdonk will be a wanted man during the transfer window. Although things haven’t gone to plan for him at Bologna, he’s just finished the season with 19 goals for Eredivisie outfit Heerenveen.
It’s not clear at this stage whether or not the interest from Forest is genuine. They have been linked on a number of occasions, however, and the player has now suggested that he could be on the move this summer.
He told Veronica Inside: “It will be interesting to see. I don’t know what’s going to happen. I’m going on vacation now and I will follow all the news.
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“I assume I will just report back to Bologna. It’ll be a long summer I think. I am now 23, and I don’t want to be loaned out for another year. I don’t know if it’s financially feasible for Heerenveen to buy me.
“It was also agreed in advance; either I will play for Bologna, or I will be sold. If I don’t play there, I think it’s also a good time to be sold.”
Van Hooijdonk thinks he might be allowed to join Forest this summer
Given that the player is now 23-years-old, it’s clear to see why he doesn’t want to be loaned out. The player knows he has what it takes to score goals and he will want to put some roots down.
Forest could be an interesting move for him. Obviously, his dad was hit and miss on Trentside; as a footballer he was magnificent but as a bloke, he chose to go on strike during this time at the City Ground.
Van Hooijdonk is unlikely to cost the earth. He only cost the Serie A club a small fee and they’re unlikely to command a huge sum of money should Forest choose to bring him to the Premier League.