Nottingham Forest boss Aitor Karanka is looking to land three of his former players this summer, we can exclusively reveal.
Karanka has approached his ex-club Middlesbrough about striker Patrick Bamford and midfielder Adam Clayton – but Boro boss Tony Pulis is happy to keep both players.
Forest have already seen an £8million offer for Bamford rejected with Boro wanting nearly double that, whilst a deal for Clayton is looking far from being agreed – given the Teessiders’ reluctance to sell at this stage.
Karanka also wants forward Cristhian Stuani, a player he brought to England with Boro.
Stuani left Boro last summer following Karanka’s departure and signed for Girona – where he finished as one of the top-scorers in La Liga, scoring more than Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann.
Forest have already made enquiries with Girona, but they want a sizeable fee for Stuani – who is currently at the World Cup finals with Uruguay.