Date: 15th July 2019 at 2:47pm
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According to Foot Mercato, Nottingham Forest ‘have been following’ Hervin Ongenda and could battle Chievo Verona, Brescia, Ghent and Hull City for his signature.

The 24-year-old left Real Murcia to play for FC Botosani in July 2018 and has gone on to make 38 appearances in all competitions for the Romanian Liga 1, scoring and creating nine goals.

His future at the Stadionul Municipal Botoșani is uncertain, however, as he’s in the last year of his deal and could be offloaded rather than being allowed to leave for nothing in 2020. The report says Ongenda could be ‘affordable’ as a result.

Forest are in the market for a centre-forward this summer following the departures of Karim Ansarifard, Apostolos Vellios and Hillal Soudani. Daryl Murphy could be on his way out of the City Ground too.

The Reds have Tyler Walker, Lewis Grabban and Sammy Ameobi to choose from in attack, but they could benefit from another striker in the squad. Whether that will be Ongenda remains to be seen, however.

There are a lot of clubs interested in the 24-year-old and his career scoring record (85 appearances in all competitions, 8 goals) hasn’t been too impressive which may put Forest off.

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