With the January transfer window hotting up, Nottingham Forest are looking at several different deals including a prolific striker and a Champions League-winning goalkeeper.
Forest have been on a shopping spree since their promotion to the Premier League.
Reds boss, Steve Cooper elected to sign 22 new players in the summer before the 22/23 season.
January has also kept Forest busy, with two new signings confirmed so far.
The Brazilian pair of Danilo and Gustavo Scarpa have both joined from Palmeiras.
Danilo, the younger of the pair at 21 years old, cost Forest a smooth 20 million euros, with Scarpa coming in on a free transfer.
Forest are eager to sign a Serie A striker to bolster those ranks, though.
According to sources at Italian sports publication Tutto Mercato Web, Forest are eyeing up a move for Duvan Zapata.
Everton are also in the race to secure the signature of Atalanta man Zapata, 31, with the Colombian understood to be nearing an exit on the back of just one league goal this season.
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Despite this, Zapata has racked up an impressive Serie A record, playing for Napoli, Udinese, Sampdoria and Atalanta.
His Serie A goal record is impressive, with 96 goals in 238 games.
He has scored 24 winning goals in his Serie A career, and won two-thirds of all of the games he’s scored in.
Steve Cooper has the full backing and confidence from the club’s owner, Evangelos Marinakis, for any such business during the window.
Zapata would be a like-for-like replacement for summer signing Emmanuel Dennis, who is expected to move on just halfway through his first season at the Reds.
The Nigerian was reported by The Sun earlier this month to be out of favour at Forest, with Cooper looking to move him on.
Elsewhere in the market, Forest are looking to recruit further from Serie A with the Italian midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo.
The dynamic AS Roma man is valued at 30 million euros, which would tie Morgan Gibbs-White as the Reds most expensive player should the deal go through.
Meanwhile, Forest are also taking interest in a deal to bring Ben Brereton Diaz back to the City Ground but may miss out to Villareal, according to Nottingham Forest News.
The centre forward is valued at 16 million euros, and would have been a more likely signing for Forest if their Zapata deal fell through.
Although Zapata is the main target, Forest may be disappointed if rumours of a pre-contract agreement for Brereton Diaz with the La Liga club are true.
Another rumour is that Forest are chasing the loan signing of Chelsea and England midfielder Conor Gallagher.
The 23-year-old, who previously spent the 2021-22 season on loan at Crystal Palace, is said to be eyed up by the Eagles for another move, but Forest are amongst clubs also sniffing around.
Not only would they face competition from the London club for the box-to-box man, but they would also be competing with high-flying Newcastle United and strugglers Southampton, according to Mail Online.
However, they are also reporting that Gallagher is happy at Chelsea and that Graham Potter is reluctant to let him go during the Blues’ current injury crisis.
This may be a move for later in the window if it does open up at all.
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Furthermore, Forest are also looking at Paris Saint Germain’s former Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas as a replacement for the injured Dean Henderson.
The Costa Rican keeper burst onto the global stage at the 2014 World Cup, and has been regarded as one of the world’s top shot-stoppers since.
He has won three Champions League titles, a La Liga winners medal, has lifted the Ligue 1 trophy twice and also has several domestic cup titles to his name.
AFC Bournemouth are also interested in Navas, along with Cristiano Ronaldo’s new club Al-Nassr.
Navas still has a year and a half on his contract, so his future seems unclear to his potential suitors.
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