Nottingham Forest could get the option to sign Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi on a free transfer this summer. The Reds have been linked with a move to sign the Blues player, with other clubs also in the race to take him from Stamford Bridge.
According to London World, Chelsea are willing to offload the player this summer. It’s now claimed that they might not be too fussed about selling him and have indicated a willingness to cancel his contract and pay him a hefty lump sum.
That would be perfect for Forest. He’s currently earning £120,000-a-week at Chelsea and being able to snare him on a free transfer would make him a really attractive proposition to the Reds.
Hudson-Odoi is a player that Forest boss Steve Cooper knows all about. He was part of the England under-17 squad that won the World Cup in 2017 and he an instrumental part of the team under the Reds’ head coach.
The 22-year-old has fallen off the radar a little bit at Chelsea. It’s fair to say he’s not lived up to his potential just yet and last season he spent the season on loan with Bayer Leverkusen.
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During his time in the Bundesliga, he sampled European football. In total, he played 21 times for the club, scoring once and also registering a single assist.
Hudson-Odoi has made 126 outings for Chelsea, netting 16 goals and claiming 22 assists. He can play on either flank and on his day, he could still be a real asset in the Premier League.
Forest could get Hudson-Odoi for free
This would be an astonishing signing for Forest. Buying him would be a good piece of business but getting him for free would be the tip of the iceberg.
There could be a problem with this situation, however. If Hudson-Odoi does come available on a free transfer, it will surely increase the number of clubs who will look to secure his signature.
Forest might just have some aces up their sleeve, however. The Chelsea man might just have earmarked Cooper as the manager who can help him rediscover his very best form, whilst he’s also played alongside Morgan Gibbs-White.
The Reds are yet to sign anyone this summer for their senior ranks. Fans aren’t quite at the restless stage just yet but Forest signing Hudson-Odoi would certainly represent a step in the right direction.