Nottingham Forest striker Sam Surridge has emerged as a possible transfer target for newly-promoted Championship club Ipswich Town. The talisman looks set to leave the City Ground this summer as Steve Cooper looks to reshuffle his squad.
According to reporter Darren Witcoop, the Tractor Boys are making ambitious plans. Everton striker Ellis Simms is on the shortlist, but Surridge has now been added to a wish list of transfer targets for this summer.
Surridge signed for Forest in January 2022. He helped Forest win promotion by scoring eight goals for the club, including a brilliant hat-trick against Swansea during a 5-1 victory.
The 24-year-old was somewhat unlucky last season. He scored once during a draw against Bournemouth but the only game he started was against Newcastle on the opening day of the campaign.
Surridge failed to oust the physical presence of Taiwo Awoniyi from the team during 2022/23. The Nigerian scored 11 goals in all competitions and naturally, Cooper saw him as the first-choice option.
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The Forest man has been praised by the Forest head coach previously. Despite being out of the team at various points, he was called ‘excellent’ by the boss for his application last season and he’s a solid professional.
Ipswich want Forest striker Surridge
Letting the talisman leave would be ideal for all parties but Forest should make sure they have a replacement first. Right now, Surridge, Awoniyi and Emmanuel Dennis are the only three strikers currently at the football club.
Ipswich will have ambitions of continuing their momentum from their League One promotion last season. Under Kieran McKenna, they’ve shown huge progress but the project isn’t complete yet.
Surridge would provide the team with goals galore in the Championship. He’s a natural finisher and ultimately, the Reds would surely be willing to let the striker leave this summer.
The 24-year-old needs regular football next season. What will be interesting to see is whether or not the Reds will let him leave on a permanent basis or loan him out with a view to making a more concrete decision in 12 months.