Report: Birmingham make £5m bid to hijack Nottingham Forest's Lewis Grabban move

Aitor Karanka, Manager of Middlesbrough looks on during the Premier League match between Southampton and Middlesbrough at St Mary's Stadium on December 11, 2016 in Southampton, England.

Bournemouth striker Lewis Grabban looked set to sign for Championship outfit Nottingham Forest but don't rule out Birmingham City just yet.

Lewis Grabban of Aston Villa celebrates scoring the second goal of the game with team mate Conor Hourihane during the Sky Bet Championship match between Ipswich Town and Aston Villa at...

Lewis Grabban is not a Nottingham Forest player just yet. If Birmingham City get their way, he never will be.

According to The Sun, Forest were closing in on a deal to sign the 30-year-old striker from Bournemouth and end Aitor Karanka’s search for a proven Championship goalscorer.

The East Midland giants have been linked with a number of strikers in recent weeks, including former players Nelson Oliveira and Patrick Bamford, but it is understood that Grabban has always been Karanka’s top priority.

The Spaniard is not the only Championship manager hoping to sign the Bournemouth misfit, however.

Lewis Grabban of AFC Bournemouth celebrates with Dan Gosling of AFC Bournemouth after scoring his sides first during the EFL Cup Third Round match between AFC Bournemouth and Preston North...

The Nottingham Post is now claiming that Garry Monk’s Birmingham have tabled a £5 million bid to snatch Grabban from under Forest’s nose at the eleventh hour.

The Blues were the joint lowest scorers in the Championship last season with 38 goals in 46 games so it is no wonder that they are interested in Grabban, who finished just one adrift of Matej Vydra in the Golden Boot race with 20 to his name during loan spells at Sunderland and Aston Villa.

Bailey Peacock-Farrell of Leeds United makes a save from Lewis Grabban of Aston Villa during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Leeds United at Villa Park on April 13,...

The Post adds, however, that Nottingham Forest have held positive talks with Grabban in recent days and are still hopeful of getting the deal over the line.

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