Nottingham Forest have been linked with a move for Che Adams this summer, and now a new update has emerged from a reliable source on the club’s pursuit of the player in the final weeks of the transfer window.
According to transfer insider and journalist Dean Jones, Nottingham Forest are “trying to sign” Southampton striker Adams.
Jones told GIVEMESPORT:
“I do wonder about this Nottingham Forest interest. I think there’s something in that and I think that Forest are trying to sign him.
“I mean, Nottingham Forest, I’ve lost count now, but I think they’ve signed 12 players. Their aim for this window was to sign 15 players.”
Forest have already signed a number of new players to strengthen their team ahead of their campaign in the Premier League, however, following their first defeat in their first game against Newcastle United at the weekend, Steve Cooper will surely be hoping to resolve some of the issues displayed so far.
The Reds weren’t capable of taking anything from their opening game of the season on their visit to St James’ Park on Saturday, and the lack of attacking threat will surely be a concern for Cooper.
Forest failed to register a single shot on target against the Magpies and didn’t create a single big chance either, something that will need to be quickly resolved if the newly-promoted side want to start picking up points to have any chance of remaining in the top-flight next season.
As a result, the pursuit of Adams could be the perfect opportunity to strengthen and improve the attacking threat, along with the chances needed to be created in front of goal over the campaign ahead.
Over 30 Premier League appearances last season, the £15m striker scored seven goals, delivered three assists and created 31 big chances, as well as making 17 key passes, proving that he could be a very valuable asset to Cooper if a deal can be done.
The Saints striker was not only impressing in league football, as Adams was lavished with praise for his performances last year for national side Scotland with Ally McCoist dubbing the player a “breath of fresh air” in the team:
“He’s come away from matches bursting with confidence and it has shown in his club displays. Since then, he scored against the likes of Manchester United at Old Trafford and away to Spurs as well. He has been a breath of fresh air for us.”
Forest are also trying to sign Morgan Gibbs-White from Wolverhampton Wanderers this summer with three bids already rejected, but if they can strike up a deal with Wolves, it could be a double boost for Cooper in his attempts to inject more creativity in front of goal.
Gibbs-White scored 11 goals, delivered nine assists and created 16 big chances for Sheffield United whilst on loan with the Championship side last season, so if the Welsh manager can combine the strong anchor play of Adams with the 22-year-old’s playmaking talents, it could cause non-stop nightmares for opponents coming up against them.
With that being said, the signing of Adams could be just what Cooper needs at The City Ground to further improve his team and get the side more creative in attacking play as they come up against tough competition in the top tier.
Combine the forward with a dose of Gibbs-White and the Garibaldi could strike gold. It’s a mouth-watering combination just waiting to happen.