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Sunderland to battle Nottingham Forest in race to seal deal for 25-goal star



Oxford United hotshot Kemar Roofe is a target for both Nottingham Forest and Sunderland as preparations for next season begin in earnest, report The Sun


Even promotion from League Two may not be enough for the U’s to keep a hold of their 25 goal marksman this summer, with interest from further up the Football League said to be mounting following his exploits in front of goal this term.

His form at the Kassam Stadium has not gone unnoticed as the likes of Forest and Sunderland reportedly circle as they turn their attentions toward next season.

The Black Cats are in grave danger of dropping out of the Premier League and will more than likely bid farewell to the likes of Jermain Defoe, meaning they will need to source a new provider of goals.

Despite being able to play out wide, Roofe has proved clinical in the final third all season after joining the club on a permanent basis back in the summer.

A permanent place to play football has worked wonders for the 23-year old after loan spells at the likes of Northampton Town, Colchester United and Icelandic outfit Víkingur Reykjavík from former club West Brom yielded little in the way of success.

Forest, meanwhile, are in desperate need of fresh talent to life the mood at the City Ground and will be praying their transfer embargo is lifted ahead of the transfer window bursting open this summer.

Still, Roofe has the small matter of ensuring his current employers get promoted before he can hope of a big move in the coming months, with just six games left to play.

A trip to Crawley Town is up tomorrow, with Michael Appleton no doubt looking to put breathing space between them and fourth placed Plymouth, who sit just two points below.

Has Roofe done enough to earn a big move? Can Oxford really hope to keep a hold? Let us know below!

ScoopDragon Football News Network

Article title: Sunderland to battle Nottingham Forest in race to seal deal for 25-goal star

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