Nottingham Forest target Marcos Leonardo won’t be joining Roma after Santos’ co-ordinator Falcao ruled out a move to the Italian giants.

Journalist Fabrizio Romano posted the statement on his Twitter, with the full message saying, “No chance to make the deal happen with Roma for Marcos Leonardo.

“The conditions are far from realistic, the proposal is too low. No chance for the fee and terms of payment.

“I can’t see how this [deal] can happen.”

Forest were credited with an interest in the 20-year-old ‘wonderkid‘ who is available for £13 million this summer.

Steve Cooper’s side are looking for another striker this window, with Sam Surridge departing for the MLS and Taiwo Awoniyi potentially going to AFCON in January.

This would leave Chris Wood as Forest’s only senior centre forward for the duration of the tournament.

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Who is Nottingham Forest target, Marcos Leonardo?

20-year-old Leonardo is a product of the Santos academy which produced the likes of Neymar and Pele.

The striker made his first-team debut for the Brazilian club in 2020, aged just 17 and has since played 111 times scoring 36 goals in all competitions.

The Santos forward is a Brazilian U20 international and has a staggering record of 15 goals in just 13 appearances for his nation.

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Leonardo has scored 14 times in all competitions so far this season, making him the club’s top goalscorer this campaign. His current deal expires in 2026, with Manchester United, Aston Villa and West Ham all keen on signing the forward.

Despite his age, Leonardo is a fearless striker that would offer a different dimension to Forest’s frontline as he loves to play on the shoulder of the last defender.

He has bags of pace, something which the club have been crying out for in the No 9 position for a long time.