Nottingham Forest remain in talks over a deal to sign Josip Sutalo this summer as the Reds chase a new defender. The club are trying desperately to get new players in, with the season just two days away.

According to Ryan Taylor, the Reds are locked in talks with Dinamo Zagreb over a deal to sign Sutalo. However, it won’t be easy given that Fabrizio Romano claimed yesterday that Ajax had made a bid.

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Forest would dearly love to add a defender to their ranks before Saturday’s trip to Arsenal. However, the chances of doing that do look pretty slim right now with just 48 hours to go.

Sutalo has been with Dinamo Zagreb his entire career. He’s a product of their youth academy and has played 86 times for the club at the age of 23-years-old.

A move to Ajax will almost certainly appeal to the centre-back. However, he could also consider a move to the Premier League, with Forest very keen on signing Sutalo.

Forest have been unfortunate on the injury front with central defenders. Moussa Niakhate dislocated his elbow against Valencia, whilst Felipe hasn’t played a single minute of pre-season.

Forest in talks over signing Sutalo

This is very surprising news, to say the least. It comes from Ryan Taylor who is the transfer guru with The Express and he claimed during an interview with Give Me Sport: “Sutalo is one that they’re going to look at now. They’re in talks with Dinamo Zagreb because Roger Ibanez has gone to Al Ahli.”

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A scout previously called Sutalo ‘simply amazing’ and he would represent a very useful signing for Forest. It’s clear that the team needs reinforcing at the back; with Willy Boly, Joe Worrall and Scott McKenna the only central defensive options right now.

Playing European football with Ajax will surely appeal to the youngster. However, so too might the Premier League and he will have to carefully weigh up his options.

The Eredivisie outfit do perhaps hold the aces, given they’ve made a bid for the player. That could all change if Forest do make an offer of their own and it will be interesting to see how this one plays out.