By Danny Wright
Nottingham Forest are in the hunt for non-league midfielder Kurtis Cumberbatch, according to a report.
The Daily Mail claims that the East Midlands outfit are one of three clubs interested in the Harrow Borough 21-year-old, with League One duo Bristol Rovers and Oxford United also keeping tabs on him.
It is understood that his ability to find the net and his teammates is why he is attracting some much attention.
Cumberbatch’s side are currently playing in the Ryman League and although he only signed for them in January, he has still managed to score an impressive six goals and pick up the club’s player of the month award for April.
The former Watford and Wigan prospect isn’t the only Harrow player to attract the attention of an EFL club this season as Cardiff snapped up Ibrahim Meite in the January transfer window.
Mark Warburton is expected to make a host of changes to his Forest squad over the summer following the completed takeover from Greek businessman Evangelos Marinakis.
The Reds managed to avoid relegation to League One on the final day of the season thanks to a 3-0 win over Ipswich and a superior goal difference to Blackburn, who dropped down to the third tier.
Football Insider Verdict
It’s a big risk for Forest to try and sign a non-league player especially when they need to make some big improvements over the summer. Warburton’s transfer policy was questioned at Rangers and that could happen again if Cumberbatch joins and turns out to be a flop. However as he only plays for Harrow in the Ryman League, there is little chance of this being a financial failure and the risk could be worth a potential big reward. Only Forest’s scouts will how the best idea though, but it’ll be up to them to persuade Warburton to persuade Marinakis that Cumberbatch is worth his money.
In other Nottingham Forest news, Kenny Burns has launched a scathing attack on Fawaz Al Hasawi following the sale of the East Midlands outfit.