By Matt Farr
Nottingham Forest have been told they must pay around £150,000 to sign Livingston youngster Matthew Knox, according to a report.
The Daily Record claim that Mark Warburton is set to continue his pursuit of the highly-rated forward, but that he must “at least double” the offer he made at Rangers if he wants to secure his signature.
Warburton has been chasing Knox for a prolonged period, dating back to his time as Rangers manager, where he had a bid of £75,000 rejected by the Scottish Championship club.
However, his dismissal from Ibrox in February has not deterred his pursuit of Knox, and will continue his concerted push this summer.
Livingston wants at least double the £75,000 that Warburton offered before.
It remains to be seen how Livingston’s emphatic response might affect Warburton’s reported pursuit of Knox, although the Championship club will have funds at their disposal following their new ownership.
Evangelos Marinakis, who also owns Greek giants Olympaikos, completed his takeover of the club last month, and will provide Warburton with the backing necessary to make the club a formidable force again.
Knox is under contract at Livingston until 2019, and it is said that the teenager has been on trial with several Premier League clubs.
The East Lothian Courier reported at the end of last year that Knox had three different trials with Manchester United, while he has also earned trials at Tottenham, Everton and Liverpool – albeit to little success.
Football Insider verdict
The fact that Knox has attracted such wide interest from some of England’s elite clubs is proof that the forward must have considerable talent. However, the fact that he has yet to be offered a deal on the back of his continued trial periods, also suggests that there is something missing. Forest chief Warburton is hungry to add to his squad after a narrow escape from relegation last term, but while he could be a useful asset for the future, he is not going to score the goals to keep them in the division. He has yet to open his account for Livingston, and he is not likely to beat the likes of Zac Clough or Britt Assombalonga to a place in the starting eleven next season. He would be a low-cost option, yes, but one that should not be considered a priority.
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