Nottingham Forest face a real battle to sign Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi with Fulham and even AC Milan now interested.
That is according to a report from The Guardian, who claim that Hudson-Odoi is a man in demand this summer.
Forest’s interest is again stated as Steve Cooper eyes a reunion with the Chelsea wide man.
Reports from the Daily Mail in May suggested that Forest were interested in signing Hudson-Odoi for around £10million.
The Guardian suggest that Fulham and AC Milan have now joined the race and that the fee for Hudson-Odoi will actually be in the region of £15million.
West Ham United are also thought to be keen but are focusing on Leicester City winger Harvey Barnes as their top target.
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Hudson-Odoi is allegedly ‘ready to find a new challenge’ having been left frustrated with his situation at Chelsea.
Milan have already put a deal in place to sign Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek and may fancy adding Hudson-Odoi too.
Forest will therefore face a fight for Hudson-Odoi, but Cooper will be hoping his history can help secure a deal.
Steve Cooper has already worked with Callum Hudson-Odoi
Cooper knows Hudson-Odoi well having previously worked together in the England youth setup.
Hudson-Odoi was part of the Under-17 World Cup-winning squad back in 2017, scoring against Chile in England’s first game of the competition.
Hudson-Odoi played a key role for England and started in the final against Spain as Cooper clinched the trophy.
Cooper has previously signed two of his former England Under-17 stars for Forest with Jonathan Panzo and Morgan Gibbs-White arriving.
Panzo, Gibbs-White and Hudson-Odoi all started in the final and Cooper has even signed other players from that squad in the past, taking Joel Latibeaudiere, Rhian Brewster and Marc Guehi to Swansea City.
That squad clearly meant a lot to Cooper and it’s no surprise that he now wants to sign Hudson-Odoi too.
Maybe a move to Forest can help Hudson-Odoi get back on track again after a disappointing loan spell at Bayer Leverkusen.
The 22-year-old is far from a lost cause, though Forest would have to dig deep to match his £120,000-a-week wages at Chelsea.
Let’s just hope Cooper’s personal touch can tempt Hudson-Odoi into making the move to the City Ground.