The lowdown: Loan sensation
The former England youth international was instrumental in Steve Cooper’s side as Forest earned promotion to the Premier League via the play-offs, featuring in both semi-final ties and the Wembley showpiece.
Having returned to parent club Aston Villa ahead of the 2022/23 campaign, Davis faces an uncertain future under Steven Gerrard and could be set for an immediate return to Nottingham…
The latest: Talks held over Davis
It’s claimed that, although an agreement is not ‘imminent’, there remains hope that Davis will make a permanent switch to the City Ground during the ongoing transfer window.
A £15m price tag has previously been mooted for the man branded an ‘absolute monster’ in February by journalist George Smith during a 7.4-rated display against Blackburn Rovers consisting of one assist, three successful dribbles and four successful aerial duels (via Sofascore).
Should Forest sign Keinan Davis permanently?
The verdict: Make it happen
With the long-term future of Lewis Grabban in the air after the club captain rejected a new deal at the City Ground, Cooper currently has Sam Surridge, Lyle Taylor, Nuno Da Costa and club-record signing Taiwo Awonyi in the ranks as potential centre-forward options.
None of the aforementioned candidates to lead the line boast a wealth of Premier League experience, with Surridge’s lowly six outings and Grabban’s fleeting 24 appearances in the top flight the only current ventures into the English elite level at present among that quartet.
Therefore, Davis – who has 34 Premier League matches under his belt – would certainly be an adequate understudy and potential support act alongside Awoniyi, given his ability to play as a focal point and his range of impressive attributes.
Despite the seemingly lofty asking price for a striker valued at just £2.25m by Transfermarkt, the Forest hierarchy should have the funds available to complete this deal and the reported swoop for Huddersfield Town midfielder Lewis O’Brien without stretching the coffers too much.
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