'Former English superpower' Forest close to signing Dutchman. Is Fryatt next in line?

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Nottingham Forest are in talks with Dutch striker Lars Veldwijk with one report claiming the deal is already done.

Nottingham Forest are focusing on strengthening their firepower early on in this transfer window and it looks as if they could be set to announce two signings this week.

Firstly The Daily Mail claimed that Forest were in talks with Excelsior's Lars Veldwijk who scored 30 goals in 38 games as his side were promoted to the Eredivisie last season. The fee negotiated for the 22-year-old was thought to be in the region of £2.5 million which represents a big gamble for a player who has never played on these shores before.

However Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf believe that the deal is already done, the contract is signed and he is just undergoing a medical with the club. They refer to Nottingham Forest as a 'former English superpower' starting off the article listing the club's previous honours and achievements. The fee quoted by De Telegraaf is just £500k with bonuses rising up to a potential fee of £1 million, a lot less than what is quoted by The Daily Mail.

If Veldwijk completes his transfer to Stuart Pearce's side then he would become the eighth Dutchman to play for the club with Pierre Van Hooijdonk and Bryan Roy two of the more memorable ones.

As well as Veldwijk, Forest could be welcoming Matty Fryatt to The City Ground this week. The former Leicester City striker has seen his contract at Hull City run out after he turned down an improved deal with the Premier League side last week.

Fryatt is hungry for first-team football and there are a number of clubs interested in his signature but Sky Sports believe that Nottingham Forest are in pole position. Fryatt has plenty of experience at Championship level and last season scored four in nine games for Sheffield Wednesday who are thought to be one of the other clubs rivalling Forest to sign the 28-year-old permanently.

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