Forest have been searching for a striker since leading scorer Britt Assombalonga suffered a season-ending knee injury in February, and even after landing Swansea City forward Modou Barrow on loan until the end of the season, manager Dougie Freedman is still keen to add options in the final third.
Forest aren't quite out of the race for the play-offs just yet, and if they are to mount a late push for the top six in the Championship, they'll need the firepower to do it.
Now, it seems that they've been given a real boost after The Mirror reported that Arsenal boss Wenger had chosen Forest as the right club for striker Akpom.
Akpom, 19, joined the Gunners at the age of just six, and has featured in the first team on seven occasions this season, though he's yet to find the net.
It's believed that Wenger has chosen Forest over the likes of Norwich City, Ipswich Town, Bournemouth and Derby County - because he believes he will have the best chance of playing first-team football at the City Ground.
Even though Akpom failed to score in loan spells with Brentford and Coventry City last season, it's still a major boost for Forest's hopes of clinching a play-off place, given that Akpom has been prolific for England at youth level in recent years.