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Striker set to complete loan deal after reported Nottingham Forest offer - Sky journalist

By Will Butcher

Nottingham Forest are set to lose out to Birmingham City in their pursuit of Watford striker Jerome Sinclair, according to a reliable journalist.

The Mail claimed on their transfer news blog (January 25, 9.33am) that Forest had made an offer for the former Liverpool striker, who is currently out of favour at Vicarage Road.

However, Sky correspondent Rob Dorsett revealed on his personal Twitter account that Birmingham were set to finalise a loan for the 20-year-old despite Forest’s reported offer.

Sinclair has failed to make a break through into the first team under Walter Mazzarri following his £4million move from Liverpool in the summer of 2016.

The young striker has had to watch from the sidelines as Odion Ighalo, Troy Deeney and Stefano Okaka remain ahead of him in the forward pecking order.

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Despite featuring in Watford’s 1-0 loss to Millwall on Sunday in the fourth round of the FA Cup, the Hornets’ number 19 is now set to move on loan to Gianfranco Zola’s Championship rivals.

The four-time England Under-17 international, who scored in the previous round of the FA Cup against Burton, is now in Birmingham to complete a move which will see Forest miss out.

Football Insider verdict:

Forest are desperate for more firepower and missing out on Sinclair will be a blow as the two-time European Cup champions look to fire themselves away from a relegation battle in the Championship. Nicklas Bendtner and Apostolos Vellios have managed just eight goals this season, while Britt Assombalonga looks to overcome his injury demons after starting Forest’s last five matches. In what could be considered as a problem area at the City Ground, Forest should now look to re-enter the market for another forward, with time running out in the winter transfer window.

In other Nottingham Forest transfer news, there is a new glimmer of hope in their pursuit of this 6ft 7in colossus as Blackburn stall over a move.

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