Spanish press: Nottingham Forest still pursuing Real Madrid defender Derik Osede

Nottingham Forest are still being linked with a move for Real Madrid youngster Derik.

According to AS, Nottingham Forest are pursuing Real Madrid defender Derik Osede, but face competition from Watford and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Forest have yet to add to their squad this summer, but having lost Jamaal Lascelles to Newcastle United after the expiration of his loan deal, manager Dougie Freedman may want to bring in a new centre back to compete with the likes of Michael Mancienne, Kelvin Wilson and Jack Hobbs.

It was reported last month by the Daily Mail that Forest had sent scouts to watch Real Madrid B defender Derik, and the 22-year-old Spaniard had been offered to a host of English clubs.

Now, AS have added to the story by narrowing Derik's possible destination to just three English clubs - Forest, Watford and Wolves.

The report states that Derik's future lies in England, but with three teams chasing him, the defender has a big decision to make as he looks to further his career away from the Spanish capital.

Derik has been with Real since the age of nine, and whilst he has racked up almost 100 appearances for the 'B' and 'C' teams at the Santiago Bernabeu, that doesn't appear to be enough anymore.

Playing in the third tier of Spanish football isn't too appealing despite playing under the legendary Zinedine Zidane - and his desire for a move away appears to be leading him towards English football, though Forest could see Watford as favourites for Derik's signature considering their promotion to the Premier League.

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