Nottingham Forest are keen to sign Sunderland youngster Tom Watson when the January transfer window opens. The Reds were keen to sign him recently but he penned a new deal with the Black Cats.
According to The Sun, Forest remain interested and are now awaiting the green light to move for him. The Reds valued Watson at £300,000 in the summer but given his new deal that will have now increased.
Watson is an England youth international. If the player had signed for Forest during the summer transfer window, it’s likely that he would have joined the development ranks.
The 17-year-old has made a name for himself at Sunderland, with both the under-18 ranks and the under-21s. He’s scored 13 times from the wing in 32 appearances for the under-18s and has also scored twice in a handful of games in the Premier League 2.
Now, he’s a wanted man. Sunderland handed him a new deal but that’s likely in an attempt to retain his valuation rather than have any real hopes of keeping him at the Stadium of Light.
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Forest have a glittering academy. As a result, he may see the move to the Premier League club as a step up and with Steve Cooper in charge he might believe that pathway is clear to the first team.
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The talented 17-year-old is on the radar of several clubs. He typically operates as a winger but has been deployed as a centre-forward on a number of occasions.
Watson will likely attract more interest from Forest in January. The Black Cats will now be in a solid position for negotiations, however, with the player signing a new deal.
Forest are an attractive proposition for prospective new signings now. The club are on the up in the Premier League and hopefully, they can claim another big win tomorrow night.
Watson looks like being a player who will remain on the radar for now. He could prove to be a bargain in the grand scheme of things and it will be interesting to see if Forest do make their move.