Nottingham Forest are showing an interest in Wolverhampton Wanderers defender Nathan Collins as Brentford push for a deal.

That is according to a report from The Irish Sun, who report that Forest are monitoring the situation surrounding Collins.

It’s stated that Brentford are moving closer to agreeing a deal for Collins though, meaning Forest are lagging behind in this race.

The report claims that Brentford have already had offers of £20.5million and £22million rejected for Collins.

Another bid of £23million is coming in, which is very close to the £25million demand Wolves have placed on Collins.

Forest and West Ham are thought to be lurking for Collins just in case Brentford can’t get a deal done in the coming days.

Bids haven’t yet arrived from Forest or West Ham but it may well be that both sides wait to see what Wolves will accept for the defender.

Forest could then move in to match the offer and attempt to beat Brentford to an impressive centre back signing.

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Nottingham Forest seem to like defenders with Wolves connections amid Nathan Collins chase

Collins could be on the move yet again.

Burnley forked out £12million to sign Collins from Stoke City in 2021 before flipping him to Wolves for £20.5million a year later.

This may now be a third summer in a row in which Collins makes a big move, with his price rising each time.

Forest may well make their move, continuing a bizarre liking for defenders who have turned out for Wolves.

Forest pounced to sign Willy Boly from Wolves last summer with the Ivorian providing some experience at the back.

There have already been links to Romain Saiss and Conor Coady this summer, both of whom played with Boly in the Wolves back line.

Now it’s Collins on the radar, who had been viewed as the future of the Wolves back line in a post-Boly, Coady and Saiss world.

This would be a huge coup for Forest but beating Brentford to the Ireland international will not be easy.