Forest swoop for Barcelona starlet as part of double signing

Date published: Thursday 23rd January 2020 2:20

Nottingham Forest are very close to signing the Barcelona midfielder Marcus McGuane and Swedish striker Julian Larsson, as part of a double swoop – according to reports.

The pair are expected to be brought in as long-term projects at the City Ground, with the two joining the Reds’ under-23 squad.

McGuane, formerly of Arsenal, moved to the Catalan giants in 2018 and has since been playing in the Barcelona B team.

Having spent the first part of the season on loan with the Dutch side Telstar, the 20-year-old has since generated interest from a number of clubs.

According to NottinghamshireLive, McGuane is looking for a route back to England, with the youngster seemingly opting for a Forest move.

The deal is expected to be announced soon, with the two parties agreeing terms and completing the relevant paperwork.

 

 

Under-23 head coach Chris Cohen, is also expected to see another young prospect join his development side this week.

Forest are said to be ‘very close’ to signing the Swedish youngster Larsson, on a three-year deal.

Larsson is currently plying his trade for Swedish first division side AIK, where he has caught the eye of a few clubs across the North Sea.

The 18-year-old has also been capped for Sweden’s under-17 and under-19 sides, looking to break into the senior side ahead of their upcoming European Championship campaign.

Although the two may be reserved for the Forest under-23 squad for the team being – the future does look bright on Trentside.

Meanwhile in the first team, Lamouchi has been in the hunt for more offensive reinforcements as a second choice for top scorer Lewis Grabban.

Glenn Murray has been heavily linked with a move to the City Ground this week, following a long stint on the Brighton bench.

The club are also said to be preparing a bid for the Strasbourg forward Nuno da Costa – but reports suggest that the Forest faithful would much rather Murray joined the club, that the out-of-form Ligue 1 star.

 

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