Nottingham Forest have reportedly joined Leeds United in the race to sign Ostersund star Hosam Aiesh, according to Swedish outlet Fotboll Direkt.
Forest will have to pay £1.7 million to tempt the Swedish club into a sale, but they have expressed a more concrete interest than the Whites at this stage.
The right winger scored five goals and registered 15 assists in the Allsvenskan last season and has been heavily scouted by Leeds’ boss Marcelo Bielsa.
Another Championship outfit, Reading, have also expressed their interest in signing the highly-rated 24-year-old.
Typically a right-sided player, Aiesh is not averse to playing through the centre as an out-and-out striker if called upon.
Reds boss Martin O’Neill will probably look for quality over quantity this summer and it remains to be seen if a formal offer will be made.
Aiesh has a solitary appearance for Sweden. He collected his only cap to date during a 1-0 defeat to Finland back in January.
Seat Pitch Summary
It’s not completely unfamiliar this transfer window for Forest to be linked with an unknown quantity.
The scouting network at the City Ground these days stretches far and wide.
Forest fans would hope to see Aiesh have a similar impact to Alexander Milosevic should they press ahead with a deal.
The central defender signed in February on a free transfer and has looked like a ridiculously good signing.
At £1.7 million, Aiesh looks like a risk that could be worth taking. At 24 he will probably improve, whilst his assist tally for last season was desperately impressive.
Forest could do with a right-winger and they could do a lot worse than snap up the Swedish star.