Nottingham Forest: Cooper now 'open' to signing £15m striker at City Ground

Nottingham Forest manager Steve Cooper

Nottingham Forest will be monitoring a number of different strikers in the transfer window including Aston Villa’s Keinan Davis, according to Daily Express journalist Ryan Taylor. 

Steve Cooper led Forest back into the Premier League last season after beating Huddersfield Town in the Championship play-off final and he has wasted no time strengthening his squad. 

What business have Nottingham Forest done in the window? 

There is no doubting that the Reds have been one of the busiest sides in the Premier League this season, if not the entire country. 

A grand total of 11 new faces have already arrived at the City Ground this season including those with Premier League experience such as Jesse Lingard, Wayne Hennessey, Neco Williams and Dean Henderson. 

Another big name arrival could be on their way into the club soon too with Juventus midfielder Aaron Ramsey tipped to complete a move. 

In total, just over £73 million has been spent on new recruits as owner Evangelos Marinakis looks to throw his financial weight behind their bid to remain in the Premier League. 

But as things stand, Cooper is seemingly still eager to strengthen his striking options. Last season saw Lewis Grabban, Sam Surridge and Aston Villa loanee Keinan Davis share the focal point but the latter has returned to his parent club. 

Despite signing Taiwo Awoniyi from Union Berlin this summer, they appear ready to add more firepower to their frontline still. 

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What has Taylor said about Forest’s striker hunt? 

Taylor expects the East Midlands side to add another striker to their ranks before the window slams shut in September. 

The reporter also revealed that while Davis remains on their radar that other targets are also being monitored at the City Ground. 

Taylor told GIVEMESPORT: “I do expect him [Cooper] to sign another striker. Keinan Davis is another one that, if it came to it, Cooper would still be open to bringing back. But I think they will be looking at other names.”

Why are Forest so eager to sign a new striker? 

While Brennan Johnson enjoyed a breakthrough season, scoring 16 goals in 32 Championship appearances, none of the remaining squad managed double figures in the second tier last season. 

The only other player who did was Grabban, who is currently without a club after leaving Forest at the end of last season. 

While Davis may have only scored five goals himself, his physicality in attack caused defences constant problems and allowed the likes of Johnson to thrive, so it is easy to see why he has been targeted again. 

But with Aston Villa demanding £15 million for his permanent signature, it remains to be seen whether he will make a return this summer.

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