NOTTINGHAM FOREST is dying for Steve Cooper to sign a new contract – because he has such a small ‘transfer fee’ on his head.
The 42-year-old manager is well-liked by Brighton and will have other admirers too, having guided Forest to a remarkable promotion to the Premier League.
But Cooper has yet to renew his two-year contract, and that could pose a problem for Forest because his compensation sum is so low.
Although the exact figure remains a closely guarded secret, Forest may only get £1.5million if Cooper leaves, based on the deal he signed when he took over over a year ago.
In comparison, the Seagulls have pocketed more than £20million from Chelsea for Graham Potter and his associates.
So Cooper would be a steal based on his valuation.
Forest will be looking for a coach in Europe if Cooper leaves.
Norway’s Kjetil Knutsen, 53, also linked to Brighton, has support after working at Bodo/Glimt.
Unemployed Sean Dyche, 51, certainly has some backing and also started as a player at the City Ground.
But the hierarchy may prefer the foreign option.
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However, the Seagulls are also willing to approach the EFL to find Potter’s replacement.
However, Brightn bosses admire Swansea manager Russell Martin.
And Luton Town’s Nathan Jones has his supporters too
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/football/premier-league/6245647/steve-cooper-nottingham-forest-new-contract-brighton/ Nottingham Forest are keen for Steve Cooper to sign a new contract… as he has such a small ‘transfer fee’ to poach him