Nottingham Forest appear to be closing in on a deal to bring Morgan Rogers to the City Ground this summer.
That’s according to a claim made by Paul Taylor, with The Athletic journalist revealing in a post on Twitter that the Manchester City winger was in attendance for Forest’s 2-1 defeat against Bournemouth on Saturday afternoon.
Taylor continues by stating that the 19-year-old has been on Dane Murphy’s radar for a number of weeks, as well as mentioning the fact that the England U19 international played alongside Forest’s Brennan Johnson while on loan at Lincoln City last season.
Finally, the journalist states his belief that the signing of the England U19 international would be a major coup for the Garibaldi, if the deal is indeed progressing as it seems to be.
In his tweet, Taylor said: “Believe Morgan Rogers was at the game today… has been on the NFFC radar for a few weeks. The Manchester City man played with Brennan Johnson at Lincoln last season. He would be one heck of a signing if that one is progressing as it seems it might be.”
With Forest’s 2021/21 Championship campaign having not got off to the best of starts, losing both of their opening fixtures of the season, it would appear as if there is work still to be done in the summer transfer window if Chris Hughton is to have any hope of securing a top-six finish this term – something that will undoubtedly be the aim of the 62-year-old.
However, if the club were to go on and secure a deal for the highly-rated Rogers in the coming weeks, the 19-year-old would very much appear to be a signing who would significantly boost the Reds’ promotion hopes.
Indeed, over his 28 League One appearances for Lincoln last term, the £1.17m-rated Manchester City starlet bagged six goals, registered two assists and created nine big chances for his teammates, as well as taking an average of 1.9 shots and making 1.1 key passes per game.
These returns saw the man Michael Appleton dubbed an “outstanding” player earn a highly impressive average SofaScore match rating of 7.09, ranking him as the Imps’ second-best performer in the third tier of English football, playing a key role in his side making it all the way to the play-off final.
As such, the news that Rogers could well be on his way to the City Ground this summer should be music to the ears of Forest fans, as, along with Johnson, the youngster clearly possesses the ability to help fire Hughton’s side back towards the summit of the Championship table.