Leeds United are keen to snap up a striker in the January transfer window.
The 22-year-old forward has been one of the most prolific goal-scorers in League Two this season, and he netted again during the Grecians’ 3-1 victory over Leyton Orient this weekend.
That strike was Nichols’ 11th of the season to date, and the Whites are now said to be ready to table an offer.
Manager Steve Evans wants to bring a striker to Elland Road in January and Leeds could have money to spend, with Sam Byram expected to depart for Premier League side Everton in the near future.
If Leeds do go for Nichols, the young attacker will offer a different type of option to the forward players already at Leeds.
Nichols is agile and quick, rather than powerfully built like many of Leeds’ current striking talents.
Nichols recently caught the attention by scoring against Liverpool in the FA Cup, and the Yorkshire club’s scouting team apparently feel he is now ready to make the step up to Championship level.