According to a report from The Sun on Sunday (2/6; page 59), Nottingham Forest are set to demand £15 million for Joe Lolley with Aston Villa interested in taking him with them to the Premier League.
Dean Smith is getting his preparations underway after they became the final team to book their place at England's top table next season by beating Derby County 2-1 at Wembley in the Championship play-off final.
And The Sun on Sunday (2/6; page 59) has suggested that one of the players that he may look to sign this summer is Lolley, who enjoyed an outstanding campaign at the City Ground, scoring 11 goals and contributing 11 assists for Forest.
The Sun suggests that Smith wanted Lolley in January, but will have to offer more than double what was on the table at the start of the year with Forest now demanding £15 million for their key man.
It will be interesting to find out what Smith makes of Forest's reported demands. Lolley could be heading towards the best years of his career, but he lacks top flight experience and has got nowhere near the goals and assists stats that he boasts from this past season previously.
But if Smith is confident that Lolley can make a similar impact in the top flight, then paying £15 million could prove to be an inspired decision from the Villans.
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