Nottingham Forest have made enquiries over a move for Ainsley Maitland-Niles as they look to strengthen their squad following promotion.

ROME, ITALY: Ainsley Maitland-Niles of AS Roma shoots during the warm-up prior to the Serie A match between AS Roma v Juventus at Stadio Olimpico on January 09, 2022. (Photo by Paolo Bruno / Getty Images)
ROME, ITALY: Ainsley Maitland-Niles of AS Roma shoots during the warm-up prior to the Serie A match between AS Roma v Juventus at Stadio Olimpico on January 09, 2022. (Photo by Paolo Bruno / Getty Images)

The Mirror report that Nottingham Forest made contact this week over the availability of Ainsley Maitland-Niles, placing him near the top of their summer transfer shortlist.

Forest are looking to bolster their squad after their promotion to the Premier League, and it looks as though Arsenal are ready to sell Maitland-Niles – who knows Forest boss Steve Cooper well from their time with the England youth system.

The Mirror suggest Forest are likely to be one of several clubs looking at Maitland-Niles this summer, though no others are specifically named as currently holding an interest.

Maitland-Niles spent the last six months on loan with AS Roma, but any chances of that move becoming permanent have long since faded away.

From as long ago as March, reports from Italy have suggested that Roma wouldn’t make a permanent bid for the 24-year-old, and there hasn’t been any hint that anything has changed since then.

ROME, ITALY: Ainsley Maitland-Niles of AS Roma battles for possession with Federico Chiesa of Juventus during the Serie A match between AS Roma v Juventus at Stadio Olimpico on January 09, 2022. (Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images)
ROME, ITALY: Ainsley Maitland-Niles of AS Roma battles for possession with Federico Chiesa of Juventus during the Serie A match between AS Roma v Juventus at Stadio Olimpico on January 09, 2022. (Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images)

Later in March, the Mirror reported that Maitland-Niles would be available to Premier League clubs for £10m this summer. With his contract running down in 2023, Arsenal will be forced to accept less than they otherwise would have.

It’s now up to Nottingham Forest to put in a bid and get the ball rolling on a potential move.

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