By Derek Smithson
Nottingham Forest are eyeing a move for Norwich striker Cameron Jerome, according to a report.
The Sun claim that Forest are lining up a move for the 30-year-old and are prepared to offer £6million for his signature.
It is understood that manager Mark Warburton has cash to spend following the £15million departure of Britt Assombalonga to Middlesbrough.
The report details that Sunderland are also interested in Championship ace Jerome as they look to fill the void left by Jermain Defoe’s departure to Bournemouth.
Jerome was an important player for Norwich last season as they finished finished eighth in the league standings.
The forward made 40 appearances across all competitions, scoring 16 goals and supplying nine assists in return.
He has proven himself to be a clinical finisher in the Championship during spells with the Canaries, Birmingham and Cardiff, something that could make him an attractive option for Forest.
Warburton could be looking to bolster his attacking options, but already has the likes of Jason Cummings, Ben Brereton and Apostolos Vellios at his disposal.
Football Insider verdict:
Forest have the money to spend following the sale of Assombalonga and they need to ensure they don’t panic buy. They ideally should look for someone that is proven in the Championship and that can hit the ground running at the City Ground. Jerome would fit the bill for Forest and have proven he can be clinical in front of goal, but a £6million fee does seem quite steep for a 30-year-old. He has never really fired in the Premier League and would be a more short-term option to try help them back into the top flight. Warburton has some extremely talented youngsters at his disposal and should continue to help Brereton’s development with regular game time.
In other Nottingham Forest transfer news, they are lining up a swoop for a 25-year-old goalkeeper.