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Nottingham Forest eye swoop for Emmanuel Dennis

Nottingham Forest have had an exciting summer in terms of their transfer window with 12 new signings secured already, and now they could be set to make their 13th with a new update on a potential target reported.

What’s the latest?

According to Sky Sports Transfer Centre, Nottingham Forest remain interested in signing Watford striker Emmanuel Dennis this summer.

As per the report, the newly-relegated club value their player at £20m but Forest would prefer a deal to loan the player with an option to buy at the end of the season.

Following the story from Sky Sports,  The Athletic journalist Adam Leventhal reported that Forest have now made an opening offer for the player.

Leventhal tweeted this morning:

“Breaking: @TheAthleticUK understands #NFFC have now made opening offer for #WatfordFC’s Emmanuel Dennis. Reported last month re interest, understand that is now developing.”

A big Surridge upgrade

Following the departure of Lewis Grabban and Keinan Davis, there is definitely an opportunity for Forest to strengthen their striker position this summer despite already capturing the services of Taiwo Awoniyi.

Awoniyi was one of the very first signings made this summer by the club, however, Dennis can offer the side some valuable Premier League experience in their pursuit to retain their top flight status this season, and would be a big upgrade on fellow centre-forward Sam Surridge.

Despite both strikers having the exact same number of shots (44), Dennis outperformed Surridge in front of goal in almost every key attribute in the position last season.

Dennis scored more goals (10 v 9), delivered more assists (6 v 3) and created more big chances (33 v 17), as well as having a higher goal conversion rate (22.73% v 20.45%), all whilst playing seven less games than the 24-year-old Forest centre forward, according to Squawka Comparison Matrix.

As a result, the Nigerian sensation who was dubbed “very talented” by Claudio Ranieri could provide a fantastic improvement in Forest’s attacking threat, something Steve Cooper will want to address following the side’s lacklustre attacking performance against Newcastle United in their first top flight game last weekend.

Do Forest need Emmanuel Dennis?

Yes

Yes

No

No

Cooper’s team suffered a 2-0 defeat on their visit to St James’ Park, but it wasn’t the score-line that is a cause for concern because Forest failed to register a single shot on target and created no big chances throughout the game, which will be a big problem should it continue into the upcoming fixtures.

With that being said, the signing of Dennis would be a major coup for the club, as he is not only an improvement on their current starting striker, but can add some great experience on coming up against many of the well established Premier League sides this season.

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