Andre Gray's reported Burnley exit could raise Nottingham Forest's Britt Assombalonga concerns

Nottingham Forest manager Mark Warburton

Burnley want Nottingham Forest's Britt Assombalonga - but have agreed a deal to sign Stoke City forward Jon Walters.

Nottingham Forest face a fight holding onto Britt Assombalonga this summer.

The Mirror claims that Middlesbrough, who are willing to spend big to bounce back to the Premier League at the first time of asking, are very interested. As are Burnley, who have already had an £8 million bid rejected.

Clarets manager Sean Dyche knows Forest’s record signing well, after all, having given him his professional debut at Watford in 2012.

Nottingham Forest’s Britt Assombalonga scores their first goalNottingham Forest’s Britt Assombalonga

Furthermore, Forest valuing Assombalonga at £15 million may not even put off one of the Premier League’s more modest clubs. The Mirror claims that Assombalonga could be a replacement for Andre Gray, who is a target for West Ham after failing to agree a new contract at Burnley.

The Clarets couldn’t meet his £70,000-a-week wage demands, which is a major blow considering that Gray adapted commendably in his first ever Premier League campaign.

Big fee, big goal tally

It's no wonder, then, that the former Luton and Brentford forward is admired by a West Ham side who were forced to cope without injury-prone duo Andy Carroll and Diafra Sakho for large portions of last season.

Gray is also a very similar striker to Forest's main man. Assombalonga, with his pace, power and ability to burst in behind defensive lines, he appears a readymade replacement.

Therefore, this is unlikely to mean Nottingham Forest supporters can sleep easy knowing Britt Assombalonga will still be in their colours come the end of the transfer window. The striker’s 14 goals in 20 Championship starts were instrumental as Forest secured survival via goal difference on the final day of the season but his future remains in doubt thanks to huge interest from elsewhere.

Nottingham Forest's Britt Assombalonga scores their first goal

Two of those goals came in the final day 3-0 mauling of Ipswich Town as to help the club's goal difference. Losing Assombalonga doesn't bare thinking about for Forest.

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