By Danny Wright

Mark Warburton is close to making Connor Mahoney Nottingham Forest’s first signing of the summer, according to a report.

The Nottingham Post claim they have been told by an inside source that the 20-year-old has agreed personal terms with the East Midlands outfit and is set to undergo a medical.

It is understood that Mahoney is available for free as his contract with relegated Blackburn is set to end later this month.

However Forest and Rovers will have to agree on a compensation fee via tribunal as Mahoney is under the age of 24.

The Post understands that the attacker turned down the chance of a new deal at Ewood Park as he wishes to continue playing in the Championship following Blackburn’s relegation.

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Tony Mowbray’s men endured the drop on goal difference thanks to Nottingham Forest’s win against Ipswich on the final day of the season.

Mahoney is a product of Accrington Stanley’s youth system and moved to Blackburn in 2013.

His first league appearance for the Rovers came against Forest towards the back end of last season when he featured for 71 minutes.

He has since made 21 appearances across all competitions for the former Premier League champions, assisting three goals.

Football Insider Verdict

The signing of Mahoney can be expected to be the first of many for Forest this season after a change in ownership. It also shows how the change might go under Warburton’s charge, as he is keen on developing younger players at his clubs. Mahoney looks like a really exciting young talent and could easily slot into the Reds first team that has been devoid of any attacking threat over the last season. The 20-year-old is yet to score a goal in senior football, but he has been in hot form for Blackburn’s Under-23s in recent years and there’s no doubt that he will be able to replicate that in the Championship in the not too distant future.

In other Nottingham Forest news, the Reds have had a bid accepted for this striker.

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