Nottingham Forest poised to fight Newcastle United for £3m wonderkid

France Football

Despite currently being managerless, reports suggest Nottingham Forest are poised with a £3 million bid to battle Newcastle United for Sochaux striker Cedric Bakambu.

According to talkSPORT reports, Nottingham Forest are ready to fight European and Premier League clubs for former French under-20 international Cedric Bakambu.

If true, it would give away the clearest indication yet that Fawaz Al-Hasawi [Nottingham Forest owner] is adamant on bringing his own players into the club, and appointing a coach to train them. A situation inferred by former Leeds United manager Neil Warnock, who recently turned down the role of Nottingham Forest manager.

The Championship play-off hopefuls have hit a bit of turbulence of late, which saw them lose to local-rivals Derby County 5-0 resulting in manager Billy Davies getting his marching orders.

After playing former Colchester man Greg Halford as a makeshift centre-forward for much of the season, it makes sense that the club will look to bring in a reputable striker, either now or in the summer.

Bakambu has netted eight goals in 16 games in Ligue 1 this season, citing him as one of the more promising strikers in the French division. If Forest are to sign him for next season, it's going to take a lot to fight off the other clubs interested in the player, including Premier League Newcastle United.

At this moment in time, however, it may be advisable for Nottingham Forest to bring in a manager first, rather than start looking towards the transfer window. There is still a good chance Nottingham Forest could be playing in the Premier League next season after all.

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