Bundesliga club swoop for Nottingham Forest 19-year-old - report
By Matt Farr
German Bundesliga outfit RB Leipzig have approached Nottingham Forest over the potential transfer of highly-rated youngster Matty Cash – according to a report.
The Mirror claim that the Bundesliga high-flyers have submitted a £6million offer to the Championship club, having already snapped up former Forest star Oliver Burke in the summer.
Leipzig bought Burke from the east Midlands outfit for £13million five months ago, and now they’re back, with Cash the latest Forest youngster in Leizpig manager Ralph Hasenhuttl’s crosshairs.
Since his move to Germany, Oliver Burke has scored one goal and contributed two assists from 13 appearances in all competitions; and Hasenhuttl hopes that Matty Cash could also hit the ground running.
Cash has made two assists in 13 appearances for Nottingham Forest this season, and the midfield sensation has struggled since returning from a two-month injury setback at the end of November.
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Cash’s teammate and club captain Henri Lansbury is also the subject of transfer speculation, as Nottingham Forest struggle at the wrong end of the table.
The Daily Mail revealed rivals Derby to be the first party to make a formal approach in a bid to acquire Lansbury’s services, while Aston Villa have since joined the race, as reported by the Birmingham Mail.
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It’s a sense of deja vu for Nottingham Forest who lost Oliver Burke to the same club in the summer. Despite doubts over RB Leipzig’s potential success upon their promotion to the German Bundesliga, both they and Burke have defied all expectation. Leipzig are currently second behind Bayern Munich, having spent much of the campaign in top spot; while Burke has enjoyed some success in the first team. Matty Cash can look to his former team-mate for inspiration, and could well follow the same path if Forest allow him to move to Germany. Forest should no doubt be looking to keep hold of a quality young player like Cash, but club owner Fawaz Al Hasawi may be tempted by the reported £6million offer and take matters into his own hands. If he does move, Forest will be losing yet another top talent, which does not help their precarious league position. Fans must be worried.
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