Forest chase Irish striker


Soccer:Nottingham Forest have inquired about West Bromich Albion striker Simon Cox who is entering the final year of his contract. The Republic of Ireland international has slipped down the pecking order at the club and is fourth choice behind Peter Odemwingie, Shane Long and Marc-Antoine Fortune.

Albion are closing in on the signing of Swedish striker Markus Rosenberg and hope to complete the move in the next 24 hours, thereby freeing the way for Cox to move on. Rosenberg has been on the Baggies radar since becoming a free agent after his contract with Werden Bremen ran out this summer.

The 29-year-old held talks yesterday afternoon with Albion at their training ground. Sources close to the midlands club are confident a deal will happen sooner rather than later.

Rosenberg would become West Brom’s fourth close season signing after midfielder Claudio Yacob, winger Yassine El Ghanassy, who is on a season long loan from AA Gent, and keeper Ben Foster. He scored 40 goals in 123 appearances for Bremen and previously had a spell with Ajax.

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