By Wayne Veysey

21st Jan, 2021 | 1:38pm

Exclusive: Nottingham Forest table loan-to-buy Dembele bid

Nottingham Forest have submitted a loan-to-buy bid for Peterborough United forward Siriki Dembele amid continued Rangers and Celtic interest, Football Insider can exclusively reveal.

The 24-year-old attacker wants to leave the League One club this month and, as revealed by this site on 4 January, has already handed in a transfer request.

A recruitment source has told Football Insider that Forest have now tabled a loan offer than would see Dembele join permanently at the end of the season.

It is believed the bid is worth £250,000 for a player who is out of contract at Peterborough in the summer.

Chris Hughton’s side face major competition for the services of Dembele.

The League One club’s director of football Barry Fry has revealed Rangers are interested in Dembele.

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His younger brother Karamoko is on the books at Celtic but it’s claimed scouts from Steven Gerrard’s side have been keeping close tabs on the 24-year-old.

Fry told the Peterborough Telegraph : “Rangers have watched Siriki twice, as have the Scottish national side. Newcastle manager Steve Bruce watched him at Crewe when he didn’t play well.”

As revealed by Football Insider last November, Celtic, Wolves, Fulham and Crystal Palace are also keeping tabs on Dembele.

The versatile attacker is in the latest in a line of dazzling forwards to make their mark at Peterborough.

The likes of Ivan Toney, Britt Britt Assombalonga, Jack Marriott and Dwight Gayle have all commanded massive transfer fees for the third-tier club and gone on to achieve big things in the Premier League and Championship.

Dembele is regarded as one of the best players outside of the top two divisions in England.


A versatile winger who can operate on either flank, he has scored six goals and provided seven assists from 22 matches this season.

Posh owner Darragh MacAnthony has insisted Dembele will not be sold for anything less than the club’s asking price this month.

In other news, Celtic make approach to sign Hoops-daft ace with 263 Premier League appearances and who shone in top flight last weekend.