Nottingham Forest chasing England U21 wonderkid and could offer outcast as part of transfer package

NOTTINGHAM FOREST have targeted Middlesbrough’s Hayden Hackney in a bid to sign more homegrown players.

Transfer boss Ross Wilson monitored the England Under-21 midfielder last week and Forest could move in January or next summer.

Nottingham Forest have targeted Middlesbrough's Hayden Hackney


Nottingham Forest have targeted Middlesbrough’s Hayden HackneyPhoto credit: Rex

Hackney, 21, has opted to play for the Three Lions despite winning Scotland Under-21 caps and appears to be on his way to the Premier League.

Forest’s Lewis O’Brien is on loan at Boro and could be part of a deal if they choose Hackney.

This comes after SunSport announced that the City Ground side would be back in line for Sunderland’s Tom Watson.

The 17-year-old winger was a target of Steve Cooper before signing an extended contract on Wearside earlier this month.

But the Premier League team are still hot on the trail of young English talent Watson – and could even try their luck in January.

Forest valued Watson at £300,000 in the last window but know his value has increased with his new contract.

The youngster has made just one senior appearance, coming on as a substitute for the Black Cats against Huddersfield Town last season.

But he has also impressed at youth level, scoring 13 goals in 34 appearances for Sunderland’s U18 team.


Meanwhile, goalkeeper Ethan Horvath is angry at being left out of Cooper’s Premier League squad – and denied any chance of a loan deal.

The 28-year-old USA international from Forest helped Luton gain promotion in May but is unlikely to play football until January.

This comes after the Tricky Trees have already welcomed two big-name goalkeepers to the City Ground this summer.

Ethan Horvath warming up before a game between Oman


Ethan Horvath warming up before a game between OmanPhoto credit: Getty

Emma Bowman

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