Nottingham Forest set to sign Wolves striker Leo Bonatini on loan

According to the chief football writer for The Guardian/Observer, Daniel Taylor, on his official Twitter account, Nottingham Forest are on the verge of signing Wolverhampton Wanderers striker Leo Bonatini on loan until the end of the season.

What’s the word, then?

Well, Daniel Taylor says that the Championship play-off hopefuls have beaten off competition from a number of other clubs to bring the 24-year-old to The City Ground on a temporary basis for the remainder of the campaign.

Despite playing a key role in Wolves’ promotion to the Premier League last season, the Brazilian has found first-team opportunities hard to come by this term following the arrival of Raul Jimenez at Molineux during the summer transfer window.

As per Transfermarkt, the attacker has only played 128 minutes of Premier League football across seven appearances, with the majority of his game time coming in the Carabao Cup.

Would he be a good signing for Forest?

He certainly could be, yes.

The Reds’ only real striker options right now are Lewis Grabban and Daryl Murphy, and it is no surprise if Martin O’Neill wants some more competition for places in that area if the east Midlands outfit are to secure the top-six finish they undoubtedly want come what May.

The centre-forward netted 12 times in 43 Championship appearances for Nuno Santo’s men during their promotion-winning campaign, as per Transfermarkt, although the last of those actually came in December 2017.

That could be a slight concern, but there is no doubt that he can rebuild his confidence at The City Ground if given regular minutes, and it is yet more proof that owner Evangelos Marinakis isn’t messing about in his bid to take Forest to the Premier League.

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