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Nottingham Forest: Reds make double transfer swoop

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Nottingham Forest have made offers to sign Huddersfield Town duo Lewis O’Brien and Harry Toffolo, according to a report from The Athletic

The lowdown: Summer influx

The Reds have been proactive in the transfer window following promotion to the Premier League, adding no fewer than six players to Steve Cooper’s squad already at a total cost of £62.1million.

Neco Williams became the latest capture for the Midlands club, arriving on a four-year deal from Liverpool having spent 15 years on Merseyside, where he was nurtured through the academy system.

Not content with the business already achieved, a fresh report has emerged claiming that Forest have already moved onto their next two targets and offers are even on the table…

The latest: EFL duo eyed

As per The Athletic, Forest have ‘made bids’ for Huddersfield duo O’Brien and Toffolo.

It’s claimed that the City Ground club are attempting to nab the pair for a combined £10-12million, although the Championship outfit want that as a standalone fee for midfielder O’Brien – who was described as possessing ‘Premier League class’ by journalist Leon Wobschall.

The report states that ‘talks are ongoing’ with Huddersfield unwilling to stand in the way of the ambitions of their two stars, after they were pipped by Cooper’s side in the playoff final in May.

The verdict: Stand firm

Signing both players for the mooted combined fee would be a superb piece of business from the Reds hierarchy, however, the club should be reticent to pay much more, particularly for Toffolo – who is in the final 12 months of a deal – as Forest have already added talented left-back Omar Richards to the ranks this summer and Williams can also operate in the position.

But, bringing in O’Brien to boost the boss’ midfield options after loanee James Garner returned to parent club Manchester United would be a smart move from the hierarchy, with the department currently lacking in top-level ready frontline choices.

Last season, the 23-year-old Englishman – who is on £8,000 per week at present (Salary Sport) – earned a 7.00 Sofascore rating across 43 league appearances, scoring three goals and registering three assists whilst making the Team of the Week on three occasions.

Although increased wages and indeed transfer fees go with the territory of becoming a top-flight club, recruitment chief George Syrianos must stand firm on what they believe to be a fair price for their targets and that goes for O’Brien and Toffolo alike.

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