Confidence is growing about Sandro Kulenovic’s move to Nottingham Forest, with Sportske Novosti claiming that the Championship outfit have offered £2.5 million for the Croatia U21 international.
The two-time European Champions might have completed the signing of USA goalkeeper Ethan Horvath from Club Brugge this week but, as Forest fans will tell you, their biggest problems lie at the other end of the pitch.
Even the relegated trio of Wycombe Wanderers, Sheffield Wednesday and Rotherham United scored more goals than Chris Hughton’s side in 2020/21 (37 in 46 games).
Lewis Grabban, Lyle Taylor and the now-departed Glenn Murray notched just 12 between them. So if Nottingham Forest are to improve on a rather miserable campaign, a new centre-forward is a must.
Is Sandro Kulenovic the new striker Nottingham Forest need?
According to reports from his native Croatia, it is Kulenovic who may be tasked with adding some much-needed productivity to an often profligate frontline.
Nottingham Forest have launched an initial bid worth £2.5 million.
And while it is uncertain at this stage whether Dinamo Zagreb are ready to sell a homegrown talent for such a fee, there is a belief that Kulenovic will end the window in Garibaldi red.
The Zagreb-born number nine produced eight goals and seven assists in 40 games last season – hardly a fearsome record but Kulenovic is far from the finished article at the age of just 21.
Standing at over 6ft and labelled the ‘new Mario Mandzukic’ by some, Kulenovic would add a real presence to Hughton’s attack. The report adds that Barnsley also showed an interest last summer.
And while Nottingham Forest’s roster is hardly brimming with creativity and cutting edge, that could soon change.
In Zian Flemming, Forest are targeting one of the most exciting attacking midfielders in the Eredivisie, while Watford’s Philip Zinckernagel contributed a staggering 24 assists as Bodo/Glimt won the 2020 Norwegian league title.