Stoke City are among a number of Championship clubs credited with interest in Brentford forward Marcus Forss in the New Year.
Michael O’Neill currently has five fit and available forwards as Tyrese Campbell and Steven Fletcher enter into a partnership, Jacob Brown has been rewarded for his form with a call-up in Scotland, summer signing Sam Surridge tries to claim his claim and Abdallah Sima is back from injury.
But the recruiting squad remains on the lookout for players who can bolster the squad, with loans and free agents as expected currency in January.
Now the World Football League claims 22-year-old Forss is also “on their radar”.
Fulham, Sheffield United, Middlesbrough, Nottingham Forest and West Bromwich Albion are also reportedly monitoring the Bee Man, while top clubs in France and Germany “have also shown interest”.
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Brentford is said to be “open” to allowing him to go on loan to help him get more playing time, but has no plans to sell him permanently and would ideally like him to stay on. England.
The Finland international has made nine appearances, including four starts, for the Premier League side so far this season, and has scored five goals, including four in a 7-0 victory over Oldham Athletic in the Carabao Cup.
He scored eight times in 10 starts and 32 under-appearances in the Championship last season, including two against Stoke, to help Brentford win promotion.
He has the reputation of being a presser and finisher.
Thomas Frank recently said: âYou have to be (patient) on any team, depending on who you are and how much you’ve played. Especially when you’re a young player who hasn’t won yet.
âI’m sure if we played in the league he would play and maybe be the number one striker, but of course we’ve leveled up and we need more of a good player.
âMarcus has had a really good development as a player and as a person. When he was younger it was more maybe that he would come knocking on the door, now he knows what he has to do.
âI love him, we love him and when the opportunity presents itself, that’s when he has to be ready.
âMe and our coaching staff have to be on top of him in terms of extra training, video commentary, to make sure when he gets the minutes he’s ready. “