Nottingham Forest weigh up swoop for Oumare Tounkara

Oumare Tounkara Sunderland AFC pres 2011 season friendly match against York City FC, Bootham Crescent.
Oumare Tounkara Sunderland AFC pres 2011 season friendly match against York City FC, Bootham Crescent.
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NEW Nottingham Forest boss Steve McClaren is on the trail of Sunderland striker Oumare Tounkara.

Former England manager McClaren was at York City on Wednesday night to watch Tounkara grab Sunderland’s second goal in their opening pre-season friendly.

Tounkara will hope for further involvement with the Black Cats after being included in the party heading out to Germany today for the club’s pre-season tour.

With only four other strikers at Steve Bruce’s disposal and fellow youngster Ryan Noble with England at the U20 World Cup, Tounkara has a chance of featuring again for the first team during the three games in Germany.

But that will not necessarily signify that the 21-year-old will be part of Bruce’s plans for the campaign, with another loan move on the cards for the powerful targetman.

Tounkara spent last season on loan at League One Oldham Athletic and impressed for the Latics despite a modest return of seven goals in 44 outings.

Several Football League outfits are believed to be keeping tabs on the Frenchman, with Forest offering the chance for the striker to test himself in the Championship.

A loan rather than permanent move is more likely for Tounkara, who signed a one-year contract extension at the Stadium of Light earlier this week.

And a move to the City Ground would also allow the striker to renew acquaintances with former Sunderland winger Andy Reid.

Irishman Reid, who swapped Sunderland for Blackpool in January, rejoined Forest earlier this month after being released by the relegated Seasiders.

Former Sunderland skipper Bolo Zenden is also thought to be on McClaren’s radar, with the former Dutch international a free agent after leaving the Stadium of Light at the end of the season.

Forest are also reportedly set to swoop for experienced Fulham midfielder Jonathan Greening.

The 32-year-old joined the Cottagers last summer after a season-long loan from West Brom, but he only started seven games in 2010/11.