Report: Nottingham Forest set to lose Matthew Bondswell amid RB Leipzig interest

Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka during the Premier League match between Everton and Middlesbrough at Goodison Park on September 17, 2016 in Liverpool, England.

Matthew Bondswell is allegedly set to leave Championship side Nottingham Forest this summer.

Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka during the Premier League match between Everton and Middlesbrough at Goodison Park on September 17, 2016 in Liverpool, England.

Nottingham Forest have been forced to bid farewell to so many of their most promising youngsters in recent seasons from Patrick Bamford to Jamaal Lascelles, Karl Darlow to Oliver Burke.

And it seems that Matthew Bondswell could be about to follow in their footsteps.

The Mail reported a month ago that Manchester United were in talks to sign the 16-year-old left-back while ESPN attributed Liverpool with an interest, too. The Anfield giants appeared to have a trump card in negotiations, given that Bondswell is a boyhood Reds fan.

Jose Mourinho of Manchester United and Jurgen Klopp of Liverpool look on during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford on March 10, 2018 in...

But it seems that both Premier League sides are set to be disappointed.

Because BILD claims that German talent-spotters RB Leipzig have emerged as the front-runners to sign Bondwell this summer. It is understood that the Bundesliga outfit are in pole position to sign the teenager, who will begin life in Leipzig with the U19 side.

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Leipzig may have courted controversy for being funded by the energy drink giants Red Bull, but the club’s growth has been largely organic. They are famed for buying young, hungry players and turning them into stars, a la Naby Keita and Timo Werner.

Timo Werner of RB Leipzig in action during UEFA Europa League Round of 32 match between Napoli and RB Leipzig at the Stadio San Paolo on February 15, 2018 in Naples, Italy.

Everton winger Ademola Lookman shone during a loan spell at Leipzig in the second half of last season.

And Bondswell will seemingly join a growing number of English talents heading to Germany, following in the footsteps of Reece Oxford, Jadon Sancho and Keanan Bennetts.

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