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Nottingham Forest can find their own Nkunku with Alassane Plea swoop

With the number of new signings having entered into double figures for Nottingham Forest so far this summer, the newly-promoted club would be forgiven for enjoying a quieter end to the window, with much of their transfer activity having already been done.

However, on recent evidence, it would appear that Steve Cooper is keen to continue bolstering his squad right up until the September 1st deadline, with the Welshman hoping to have quality depth in all departments ahead of his team’s Premier League return.

One area which appears in particular need of strengthening is up front, despite the club-record arrival of Taiwo Awoniyi, following the exit of veteran ace Lewis Grabban and the return of loanee Keinan Davis to parent club Aston Villa.

One name which has emerged as a possible target ahead of next season to provide increased competition is that of Borussia Monchengladbach striker Alassane Plea, with a report in L’Equipe (via RMC Sport) naming the City Ground outfit as one of numerous clubs who are interested in the Frenchman.

The 29-year-old’s existing deal with the Bundesliga club is set to expire next summer, which means he could reportedly be available for as little as €8m (£6.7m) – a relative bargain fee for a player who has been a regular source of goals over the last few years in Germany.

The “extraordinary” marksman – as described by Gladbach legend Gunter Netzer – has recorded an impressive haul of 47 goals and 28 assists in 144 appearances across all competitions for his current club since joining from Nice in 2018.

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That tally includes 15 goal contributions in the German top flight in the most recent campaign, with the one-cap France international showcasing his talents as both a scorer and provider of goals.

That fact is also rubberstamped by his form during his time in Ligue 1, as he bagged 44 goals and provided 23 assists in 135 games for Nice, notably scoring 16 league goals in his final campaign for the club during the 2017/18 season.

While perhaps not a high-profile name to some, it may no doubt interest those of a Forest persuasion that the Lille-born gem shares a likeness with RB Leipzig hotshot Christopher Nkunku, with the pair believed to have a number of statistical and stylistic similarities, as per FBRef.

That is some comparison considering the sparkling form that the latter has shown in recent years, with Nkunku having scored 32 goals and provided 20 assists in a stellar 2021/22 campaign.

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That ruthless goalscoring form has unsurprisingly sparked interest from across the continent, with Arsenal having reportedly been considering a £100m move for the 24-year-old prior to his recent contract extension.

As such, Forest could well be able to land their own £100m predator in Plea for a mere fraction of that cost, with Cooper seemingly needing to act swiftly to get a deal done.

AND in other news, Romano: Forest get green light to sign “fantastic” £5k-p/w target, he’s John Terry 2.0

Article title: Nottingham Forest can find their own Nkunku with Alassane Plea swoop

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