Nottingham Forest have made a whopping 15 signings already this summer, but are showing no signs of slowing down their business as a reliable source reveals the 16th player set to make a move to The City Ground.
Italian journalist and transfer insider Fabrizio Romano has revealed that Nottingham Forest are “closing” in on a deal for Brighton and Hove Albion striker Neal Maupay.
“After Freuler, Kouyaté and Dennis in the last 24h… Nottingham Forest are closing also on Neal Maupay deal for £15m package fee [add ons included] as he will be the next signing.
“Final details being discussed with Brighton then it will be done. Deal until June 2026.”
There is no doubt that Steve Cooper will be thrilled with the squad he has already built over the transfer window so far, especially as his newly-promoted side picked up their first three points and Premier League victory of the season against West Ham United yesterday.
Now it looks like the Forest boss has the intention to strengthen his forward line to find rising star Brennan Johnson the perfect strike partner to convert the chances made in his attacking-minded team, and Maupay could be the perfect addition to offer that.
The 26-year-old dynamo has bags of Premier League experience compared to new striker Taiwo Awoniyi who was one of the first signings made this summer at The City Ground, with 102 appearances, 26 goals and seven assists in the top flight.
As a result, Maupay could be the ideal signing to partner the very talented yet top-flight inexperienced Johnson in the forward-line as the striker has the strengths to play effectively in the high-pressing style of play Cooper so cleverly executed in the Championship last season.
The striker who was hailed “quality” by sports broadcaster Nathan Murphy is no stranger to playing in a team that likes to press with Graham Potter deploying an attacking line that is designed to cause huge pressure on their opponents, so he should have no trouble seamlessly slotting in the centre forward position in the Forest team.
Indeed, over the last 365 days, the Seagulls attacker ranks in the top 9% of forwards in Europe’s top five leagues for pressing and the top 6% for successful pressures per 90 minutes, demonstrating the type of rampant presence he could be in the Garibaldi’s forward line.
Thus, combining that with the youthful and exuberant presence of Johnson, could generate a real spark in the forward line, one that relentlessly hassles the opposition’s defence.
With that being said, the signing of Maupay would be a big one for Cooper, giving him even more options in his front line to ensure his team can continue to pick up points to ultimately retain their Premier League status in their first season back in the top tier.