Nottingham Forest manager Mark Warburton is interested in signing former Birmingham City defender Emmanuel Mbende, according to The Mirror, reports the Nottingham Post.
Mbende started his career with Borussia Dortmund before making the move to Birmingham City in 2015 where he played in their under-21 side.
The Cameroon under-20 international also had a trial with Forest’s fiercest rivals Derby County before choosing to make St Andrews his permanent location.
The 21-year-old then chose to leave the Blues last summer for a move back to Germany, currently playing for third division side Chemnitzer.
The Reds have now been linked with the defender, who operates as a centre-back, but face competition for his signature from Warburton’s former side Rangers.
Mbende is something of an unknown quantity, but Warburton and his Director of Football Frank McParland have a history of finding some hidden gems and Forest fans will be hoping that Mbende is one of them.
Standing at 6 ft 5in, the central defender looks to be a player for the future and the powerful figure would no doubt bring some solidarity and height to any side.
The East Midlands club have a wealth of options across the centre of defence, and you would expect Mbende to begin in the under 23 side if he is to make the move to Nottingham.
Nottingham Forest fans… Have you heard of Mbende before? Could he be one for the future? Can you beat Rangers to his signature? Let us know what you think in the comments below!