Nottingham Forest’s Steve Cooper wants Watford’s Emmanuel Dennis to increase his striking options.
West Ham appeared to be in pole position to push through a £20million deal for the Nigerian, who bagged 10 goals and 6 assists in 33 Premier League appearances last season.
Hammers boss David Moyes has cooled on the move after doubts following background checks on the 24-year-old, feeling he wasn’t a good fit for his squad.
That alerted Cooper, who believes the versatile attacker can fill any of his three attacking positions and would add a real goal threat to his newly-promoted side.
Although Dennis has four years left on his contract, Forest are confident they can cash in on the Hammers’ U-turn and land the skilful frontman.
Dennis’ 10 goals for a relegated team was an impressive return and the flamboyant forward also produced 21 nutmegs during Watford’s campaign.
Cooper likes the fact the former Zorya Luhansk and Club Brugge forward can play left and right wing, as well as through the middle as a mobile striker.
Dennis, who scored twice against Real Madrid in a Champions League tie at the Bernabeu, does not lack confidence and would be interested in a speedy return to the Prem.
Watford would prefer to make a swift sale but Forest would prefer to loan Dennis with an option to buy.
Cooper is also chasing Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar after La Liga side Real Betis failed to meet his personal terms.