After watching his Nottingham Forest side score only 37 goals in 46 Championship matches this season, Chris Hughton will be keen to bolster his attacking options in the summer transfer window.
The Reds are likely to be in the market for a new centre forward to provide competition for the ageing duo of Lyle Taylor and Lewis Grabban, with Blackpool’s Jerry Yates and Accrington’s Dion Charles among those to have already been linked.
But transfer speculation emerged on Monday regarding Middlesbrough’s Chuba Akpom, and here, we dissect the rumour…
What do we know so far?
Middlesbrough are looking to cash in on Chuba Akpom this summer, only a year on from signing him from PAOk for £2.5million.
Akpom, who scored 18 goals in 79 games for PAOK, scored only five goals in 39 games for Boro this season, and looks set to leave the Riverside this summer.
Neil Warnock is looking to reshape his attacking line, with Britt Assombalonga and Ashley Fletcher also set to depart in the summer.
The Northern Echo reported on Monday that Hull and Forest – two of Akpom’s former loan clubs – had been credited with an interest in the 25-year-old.
What club do these 21 former Nottingham Forest players ply their trade at now?
Is it likely to happen?
Whilst Akpom is likely to leave Boro, Forest will not be signing him.
Nottinghamshire Live claim that rumours linking the striker with a return to the City Ground are wide of the mark, and Chris Hughton is exploring other targets.
This news may come as a bit fo a relief for Forest fans, with Akpom failing to be prolific wherever he’s played in his career to date.
Strikers are needed at the City Ground, though, and it promises to be another summer of transition for the Reds.