Nottingham Forest Prepare for Exit of Star Striker

Dennis battles against Wolves for Forest
Nottingham Forest's Emmanuel Dennis (left) and Wolverhampton Wanderers' Toti Gomes battle for the ball during the Premier League match at Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton. Picture date: Saturday October 15, 2022. - Photo by Icon sport

Nottingham Forest are reported to be ready to listen to offers for Nigerian striker Emmanuel Dennis despite the fact that the forward has only been at the newly promoted club since the summer.

The 25-year old international joined Forest from Watford for 15 million pounds in the summer transfer window but has failed to make his mark on the side in his time there.

After taking in a massive amount of players in the summer, Forest are now looking to streamline their squad before they add more bodies in the upcoming January transfer window in a bid to secure a Premier League spot for next season.

As they spent 150 million pounds after sealing promotion to the Premier League, the side will need to sell if they want to bring in more players to ensure safety in the English top-flight.

Dennis is not the only player potentially up for sale in the Forest squad, as fellow forward, Sam Surridge, is also apparently up for sale as manager Steve Cooper looks to make further additions to his squad.

Dennis’ Forest Failure

Dennis has failed to make any big impact in his time at the City Ground, having scored just once  for his new side since arriving. Furthermore, the forward has started on just three occasions in the Premier League as Cooper has preferred other players ahead of the Nigerian.

Dennis will likely move abroad if he can secure a move away from Nottingham. As he has already played for Watford this season in the EFL Championship, FA rules which do not allow players to play for three teams in the same season, the only domestic move available to Dennis would be a return to Watford.

Similar to Dennis, Surridge has also struggled for minutes at the City Ground and he has been linked with a move to Forest’s sister club in Greece, Olympiacos.

Coopers Desires for the Forest Squad


While he has admitted he wants more players in the door, Cooper has also said that he acknowledges the need for a stable squad.

“For sure, we have to get to a point where we have got a settled group,” Cooper said recently,  “That’s not to say we are not settled.”

“Togetherness, spirit and culture comes over the course of time,” he said, “There’s no doubt about that. “

“That’s the intention and it’s games where you learn a lot about players’ personalities and characters and they learn a lot themselves,” he explained, “That’s how they build relationships.”

“So, yes, we are going to need a settled group,” the manager said,  “But if you look at the number of games we’ve got coming up, we’re going to need more than a team.”

“Injuries can happen,” he explained, “And you can make five changes in a team.”

“You need to prepare for more than a starting XI because there’s so many times when players have come off the bench and had a positive impact for us – sometimes a negative one as well – it’s a good reminder all the time of preparing everyone that we can.”

“But we have got to get consistency and that’s what we are trying to do.”