Darlow transfer fee could be a difference maker for Nottingham Forest

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Arsenal have reportedly become the latest club to show an interest in Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Karl Darlow.

The 23-year old has established himself as the first-choice goalkeeper at the City Ground since coming through the Forest academy and making his first-team debut in 2011.

He signed a new four-year contract last summer following an impressive run of performances, asserting himself as one of the best young keepers outside the top flight. He made a total of 43 appearances in the 2013/14 season, and was drawing the attention of a number of Premier League teams, including Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur - who reportedly sent scouts to monitor his progress.

However, interest has now mounted from another of their Premier League rivals, with Sky Sports reporting that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is keen to secure a new back-up 'keeper following the departure of Lukasaz Fabianski this summer. It is likely that if Darlow arrived he would provide cover for the Gunners' first choice keeper Wojciech Szczesny, with playing opportunities limited to League Cup and FA Cup games.

While the youngster - who turned down an invitation to join the Wales national team in 2013 - may be delighted at the chance to sign for a giant of English football such as Arsenal, it could be at the expense of his own playing career.

He is all but guaranteed the starting spot at the City Ground, and, having recently hired club legend Stuart Pearce as manager, Forest have serious intentions of fighting for promotion from the Championship next season.

Rather than leaving and potentially stunting his progress in search for a higher wage, Darlow could become a central part of a new generation of Forest legends, as they look to return to the glory days of old.

Forest may well be bracing themselves for offers, and, while not looking to sell their young star, they may be willing to listen to offers if the price is right. Any potential sale to a Premier League club would invariably bring in a large fee, and could, if invested wisely, be the difference between a mid-table finish and promotion.

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