Pete O’Rourke has revealed an update on Forest’s pursuit of the two Huddersfield Town players this summer.
The journalist tweeted: “Nottingham Forest are working on a double deal to sign Huddersfield duo Lewis O’Brien and Harry Toffolo with talks ongoing between both clubs.”
With six fresh faces already joining the squad at the City Ground this summer, Cooper will surely be buzzing to add his seventh and eighth signings into the mix if Forest can finalise a deal for the Huddersfield pair this summer.
O’Brien would be a great addition in midfield for the newly-promoted side, and he proved that he is ready for the step-up to the Premier League with his standout performances which led the Terriers to the Championship play-off final at Wembley last season, only narrowly missing out on promotion to Forest.
Over 43 league appearances, the 23-year-old scored three goals, delivered three assists and created four big chances, making one key pass and 2.2 tackles per game. He also won the majority of his duels (56%) and was successful with the majority of his dribbles (70%).
Huddersfield’s number eight was the recipient of high praise last season, with his former manager Carlos Corberan hailing the player “very special” in an interview (via Yorkshire Post).
The 39-year-old said of O’Brien: “He is one player who is very special in the team and is one player who deserves everything he has achieved in football as he makes everything to achieve everything (in football).”
In terms of Toffolo, Cooper is currently looking for the ideal player to complete a wing-back partnership with new signing Neco Williams, who will be deployed at right-back position, and the Huddersfield gem could be the key to unlocking that attacking threat from defence.
The 26-year old scored six goals, delivered seven assists and created five big chances, making one tackle and two clearances per game, along with winning the majority of his ground and aerial duels combined over 42 Championship appearances last season.
Former Huddersfield boss Danny Cowley previously lavished praise on Toffolo, claiming that the player was “hard-working” in a post-match press conference back in 2020.
Signing the Terriers duo would be a huge coup for Cooper, who will want to bolster his squad as much as possible to give Forest the best chance of retaining their top-flight status when they make their long-awaited Premier League return next month.