Nottingham Forest in five-horse race to sign non-league sensation - report
By Dominic Toner
Nottingham Forest are one of five clubs chasing Sutton United attacker Roarie Deacon, according to a report.
The Sun claim that the Midlands club were impressed by the 25-year-old after his performances for non-league side Sutton in the FA Cup this season.
The report details that Fulham, Cardiff, Charlton and Millwall are also chasing the signature of the forward.
It is understood that Sutton are keen to secure a new deal for Deacon with his contract set to expire at the end of the season, but the player could decide his next move in the summer.
Sutton reached the fifth-round of the FA Cup where they were finally beaten by Premier League opposition Arsenal at Gander Green Lane.
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Deacon was one of the standout performers during their cup run and the non-leauge sensation has drawn the attention of several Football League sides.
The attacker, who can play either centrally or on the wing, scored four goals during their FA Cup campaign and looked lively against the Gunners.
He has featured 35 times for Sutton this season across all competitions, scoring seven goals and supplying seven assists.
Football Insider verdict:
Forest would be taking a huge risk if they pursued Deacon’s signature in the summer as he is currently only playing at non-league football. Jamie Vardy is a prime example that players can make the climb up the football ladder, but Deacon is not exactly setting the National League alight right now. He looks like a useful player and was on the books at Arsenal as a youngster. However, there has to be a reason that he has not been competing at the top-end of English football. He can be guilty of lacking composure in front of goal, something that would be crucial at Championship level. Forest would probably be better served going for a proven striker that knows the division.
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