Report: Nottingham Forest's Connor Mahoney hopes could be dashed by Middlesbrough

Mark Warburton manager of Nottingham Forest

Blackburn Rovers starlet Connor Mahoney is in demand with Middlesbrough joining Nottingham Forest, Wolves and Celtic in the mix.

Blackburn Rovers' Connor MahoneyBlackburn Rovers' Connor Mahoney

Just a few days ago, Nottingham Forest appeared to be on the verge of clinching an impressive transfer coup.

According to the Daily Record, Forest were leading the chase for Blackburn Rovers winger Connor Mahoney despite interest from ambitious, promotion-targeting Championship rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers.

And there was also the small matter of Scottish giants Celtic, managed by Brendan Rodgers and heading for the Champions League, wanting to make Mahoney their first summer signing.

Therefore, signing the 20-year-old when his Blackburn contract expires this summer looked like being the first major success of the Mark Warburton, Frank McParland regime at the City Ground.

However, just when a deal appeared to be edging towards the finishing line, it appears that Forest could be beaten by a nose.

Because The Sun claims that Middlesbrough boss Garry Monk is planning to make a last-ditch attempt to lure Mahoney to the North East.

New Middlesbrough manager Garry Monk with chief executive Neil Bausor during the press conferenceMiddlesbrough manager Garry Monk

Their sudden arrival in the deal appears to be a result of Boro acknowledging that Liverpool winger Ryan Kent is beyond their reach. The Sun adds that Premier League Bournemouth will make a £6 million offer for the former Barnsley loanee.

Therefore, Mahoney represents an astute, and vastly more affordable, alternative. He may have started just four Championship games for Blackburn last season but his creativity and end product caught the eye despite Rovers eventually succumbing to relegation.

Burton's Tom Flanagan and Blackburn's Connor Mahoney

Mahoney was particularly impressive as Blackburn dragged Forest into the mire with a 1-0 win at the City Ground late in the season. However, the youngster may be about to torment Warburton again.

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