Nottingham Forest are interested in a deal to bring Zian Flemming to The City Ground this summer.
That’s according to a report by Dutch media outlet Voetbal Primeur, who claim that the Fortuna Sittard attacking midfielder is edging closer to an exit from the Eredivisie side, with Dane Murphy thought to be extremely interested in the 22-year-old.
It is then claimed that Forest are yet to match the Dutch club’s asking price with an offer, although the report does not state how much Sittard are demanding in order to part with the youngster.
However, a previous report by Nottinghamshire Live estimated that Flemming’s value is around £1.5m, before claiming that Sjors Ultee’s side are looking “a few million more” than this figure.
With only Derby County having scored fewer goals than Forest’s 37 in the Championship last time out, it is clear that this is a problem Dane Murphy must address before the new season kicks off in a little over a week’s time.
And, with Brennan Johnson having already returned from a prolific loan spell at Lincoln City last term, the further addition of Flemming should be a mouthwatering prospect for both Chris Hughton and fans of the club alike.
Indeed, over his 33 Eredivisie appearances last season, the £1.08m-rated man scored 12 goals, registered seven assists and created eight big chances for his teammates, as well as taking an average of 2.8 shots and making 0.8 key passes per fixture.
As such, while Lewis Grabban’s six goals and Cyrus Christie’s three assists ranked top of Forest’s Championship goals and assist charts respectively last season, the addition of Flemming’s 19 goal involvements combined with Johnson’s haul of 11 goals and five assists at Lincoln would certainly appear to shake things up at The City Ground, while also bringing with it the real possibility of firing the Reds back towards the top of the second tier table next season.