Nottingham Forest are interested in signing NAC Breda forward Sydney van Hooijdonk, according to Sky Sports’ Transfer Centre (04/12, 18:06).
Forest fans will be familiar with Sydney’s father Pierre, who scored 41 goals in 77 games during a two-year spell at the City Ground.
His son is now said to be attracting interest from Forest, Sheffield Wednesday and Swansea City after an impressive start to this season.
Van Hooijdonk has scored eight goals in 12 games for Breda this season as well as chipping in with two assists.
Here, we take a look at two pros and two cons to Forest landing van Hooijdonk in January…
Pro: His form
First and foremost, van Hooijdonk looks to be a real talent who has scored a decent amount of goals at such a young age.
He’s scored eight goals in 12 games in what is a competitive second division over in Holland, and is clearly a fine run of form in front of goal.
The Championship is a tougher division, but you’d be confident about his chances of making the step-up in front of goal given his confidence at the moment.
Con: Is he an upgrade on what they already have?
Forest already have two senior strikers on the books in Lewis Grabban and Lyle Taylor, so you’d have to wonder whether he’d be an upgrade on what they already have or not.
Van Hooijdonk is 10 years younger than Lyle Taylor, and you’d expect Chris Hughton to stick with the latter going forward.
Tyler Walker failed to provide Lewis Grabban with real competition last term, and he now finds himself at Coventry having failed to make an impact at the City Ground.
Pro: His personal situation
Van Hooijdonk’s contract expires at the end of the season, meaning that he is able to talk to clubs in January.
NAC Breda won’t want to lose their talisman for nothing in the summer, so it’s likely that they’ll look to cash in for a cut-price fee in January.
This means that Forest would be getting van Hooijdonk for a much lower price than what they perhaps would if he had two or three years left on his contract.
Con: Better options out there?
Forest need to address their goalscoring issues, and you can’t help but feel as if there are better options out there.
They need somebody who can come in and make an immediate impact if they are going to go out and sign a striker, and someone with experience of scoring goals at this level.