Date: 14th June 2019 at 10:15am
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Martin O’Neill may need another striker at Nottingham Forest if Hillal Soudani leaves the club. The 31-year-old has been out of action since October and has been linked with a move to Olympiacos. In addition to Lewis Grabban and Tyler Walker, O’Neill will have Karim Ansarifard and Daryl Murphy at his disposal, but the pair scored just six goals between them in 2018/19.

As a result, the Reds need a prolific striker to take the burden off Grabban next season and Freddie Ladapo could be the ideal signing. The 26-year-old has been a standout performer for Plymouth, scoring 18 goals in 45 League One games, but he could be on the move after the Pilgrims’ relegation – Argyle finished 21st in the third tier.

Forest wouldn’t have to break the bank for his signature either. According to the Plymouth Herald, Ladapo’s asking price could be around £0.7m this summer. The Englishman is out of contract in 2020, so Plymouth have a decision to make on whether to cash in early or risk losing him for nothing next year.

If a Championship club come knocking, it might suit all parties for the two clubs to agree a deal. Bristol City have been linked, so Forest may have to move fast to bolster their attack. Whether Ladapo is on their radar this summer remains to be seen, however.

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