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Nottingham Forest among Championship trio targeting eight-goal 20-year-old

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Nottingham Forest, Sheffield Wednesday and Swansea City are all interested in signing NAC Breda striker Sydney van Hooijdonk, a report from Sky Sports Transfer Centre (05/12, 18:06) has claimed.

van Hooijdonk has been in impressive form at the start of this season, scoring eight goals and providing two assists in 12 league appearances to help Breda to fourth place in the Dutch second-tier.

Now it seems as though that form is starting to earn the striker plenty of attention from elsewhere, as the January transfer window approaches.

According to the latest reports, Forest have shown an interest in van Hooijdonk recently, with Wednesday and Swansea also said to have sent scouts to watch the 20-year-old ahead of the market reopening at the turn of the year.

As things stand, van Hooijdonk’s contract with Breda is set to expire at the end of this season, meaning he will be free to talk to clubs abroad – such as these three Championship sides – from next month.

Sydney is the son of former Nottingham Forest striker Pierre van Hooijdonk, who scored 41 goals in 77 appearances for the club during a two-and-a-half-year spell at The City Ground between 1997 and 1999.

The Verdict

This could certainly be a decent signing for one of these three sides.

Judging by the way van Hooijdonk has started this season, he clearly knows where the goal is, which could make him an asset were he to carry that form into the Championship.

While Forest and Swansea do have other options upfront, goals have been particularly hard to come by this season for Wednesday, meaning they especially could benefit from completing this signing.

However, given the connection he already has to Forest through his dad, you have to feel they could be favourites out of these three to get this deal done, should they want to bring the striker to the City Ground.


UCLan Sports Journalism graduate, been writing for Football League World since March 2019. I've previously worked for the likes of Blackburn Rovers and Opta, among others.

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