Date: 31st January 2017 at 10:02am
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By Dominic Toner

Nottingham Forest owner Fawaz Al Hasawi is interested in Chesterfield attacker Gboly Ariyibi, according to a reliable journalist.

Sun correspondent Alan Nixon has reported on his personal Twitter account that the owner is interested in the 22-year-old.

Ariyibi has racked up 96 appearances for the League One side and is an important player for them.

Ariyibi is a pacy attacker that usually operate on the right wing, but can also be deployed behind the striker.

He has been a regular in the starting line-up for Chesterfield this season and has made 36 appearances, chipping in with four assists for his team-mates.

The wide man has also represented USA’s Under-23s team on four occasions, but was also eligible to play for England and Nigeria.

Football Insider verdict:

Forest owner Fawaz has become an extremely unpopular figure at the City Ground and his interest in Ariyibi will not add his cause. The club’s supporters want a real structure in place that they can depend on and don’t want their owner pursuing transfer targets. Ariyibi is a steady player in League One and does show glimpses of his quality, with brilliant pace that could trouble Championship defences. However, there are certainly huge question marks over his finishing and he has managed just four goals in 96 appearances for Chesterfield. Forest are looking to build a squad that can hold their own in the Championship and eventually push for promotion, something that Ariyibi is unlikely to spearhead. The 22-year-old certainly has room to develop, but the Midlands club would have been better served sorting out a permanent manager first.

In other Nottingham Forest transfer news, they have entered a three-horse race for a centre-back.

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