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Steve Cooper hoping one factor encourages player to snub Rangers and join Nottingham Forest

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Nottingham Forest are set to step up their pursuit of Connor Goldson with Steve Cooper hoping the prospect of Premier League football will encourage him to reject Rangers’ contract offer and move to the City Ground, according to the Scottish Sun.

The East Midlands club ended their 23-year wait for top flight football by beating Huddersfield Town in the Championship play-off final at Wembley on Sunday and must now prepare for a season back at that level.

With a number of his key players only loan signings, Steve Cooper looks to have a busy summer ahead of him and it appears he’s keen to look north of the border for one defensive reinforcement.

The Scottish Sun has reported that Forest are ready to step up their bid to land Goldson this summer.

The Reds are said to be ready to make a move for the centre-back who is out of contract this summer, and Cooper hopes that the prospect of Premier League football will be enough to tempt him to the City Ground.

Rangers are said to still hold some hope of keeping hold of the defender and have offered him a new contract at Ibrox on the back of 222 appearances over the past four years.

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Staying up next season is going to be Forest’s full focus and strengthening defensively should help them do that.

Goldson has been a fantastic servant for Rangers and their contract offer shows the high regard he is held in at Ibrox after he helped them reach the Europa League final in 2021/22.

However, the prospect of playing Premier League football may be too much for the Wolverhampton-born defender to ignore and could see him snub the offer made by the Scottish club.

A fair bit of work needs to be done on the Forest squad this summer – with a number of their key players loan signings – so bringing in the 29-year-old on a free transfer looks a particularly shrewd bit of business.

It should give them more time and money to strengthen in other places ahead of their return to the Premier League.


London-based sports journalist at Snack Media EFL accredited, graduate of New Associates and the University of Brighton

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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