Nottingham Forest are interested in a move for Ajax’s Carlos Forbs.
Forbs was identified by Forest’s chief football officer Ross Wilson as a top target last summer but the 19-year-old elected to join Ajax from Manchester City in a deal worth up to €20million (£17.2m).
Miltiadis Marinakis, son of Forest owner, Evangelos, is now pushing for the deal to happen.
The Athletic reported earlier on Tuesday that Forest are looking to bolster their attacking options with the loan signing of UMSNT international Gio Reyna on loan from Borussia Dortmund.
Forbs, a winger, would also add depth to head coach Nuno Espirito Santo’s front line if he arrives.
The former City man has played 25 times for Ajax — in what has been a turbulent season for the Dutch side — though has only started in 12 of those appearances. He has scored twice, registering four assists.
Forbs did not make a senior appearance for City after joining their youth academy from Sporting Lisbon in his native Portugal in 2015. He has been capped at youth level by his national team, most recently with the Under-21 side.
Forest are 16th in the Premier League and face a trip to Bristol City in the FA Cup fourth round in their next fixture.
The City Ground club have, though, been referred to an independent commission over a breach of the Premier League’s profitability and sustainability regulations (PSR). That is the start of the process to decide what punishment the club will face, which could include a points deduction and/or fines.
Forest need to build on their fast starts if they are to avoid a tough end to the season
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