Report: Nottingham Forest ready to pay record fee for Greece striker Nikos Karelis

Greece striker Nikos Karelis jumps for a header

The Tricky Trees are reportedly looking to add another Greek to their ranks.

Greece striker Nikos Karelis jumps for a headerGreece striker Nikos Karelis jumps for a header

Nottingham Forest are ready to break their transfer record to sign Genk striker Nikos Karelis, according to the Nottingham Post, which cites Greek reports.

It is claimed that Forest are prepared to spend €7 million (£6 million) on Karelis, which would exceed their current highest outlay - £5.5 million for Britt Assombalonga - by £500,000.

Karelis, who had a trial at Arsenal as a 16-year-old, moved to Genk from Panathinaikos in January and has scored 10 goals in 18 games for the Belgians.

Panathinaikos striker Nikos Karelis (C) is challenged by Midtjylland goalkeeper Jacob Haugaard during a Europa League gameThen Panathinaikos striker Nikos Karelis (C) is challenged by Midtjylland goalkeeper Jacob Haugaard, now of Stoke City, during a Europa League fixture

His exploits are said to have drawn interest from Serie A side Bologna, however the two clubs were unable to agree a fee and Forest could pounce.

The Reds, who appointed former Real Sociedad boss Philippe Montanier last month, are reportedly in the midst of a takeover by Olympiacos owner Evangelos Marinakis.

Picture Supplied by Action ImagesProspective Forest buyer Evangelos Marinakis (c)

Despite a protracted saga, the Greek's influence was recently evidenced by the signing of another Ethniki striker, Apostolos Vellios last month.

Forest recently emerged from an 18-month transfer embargo and a signing as substantial as Karelis appears unlikely in the absence additional investment.

Apostolos Vellios celebrates scoring Everton's first goalFormer Everton striker Apostolos Vellios became Forest's first summer signing last month

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