Nottingham Forest, Brighton and Hove Albion and Ipswich Town are to make bids worth £250K for Dagenham and Redbridge’s Oliver Hawkins according to a report from the London Evening Standard.
The 24-year-old striker only signed for the Daggers at the start of 2016 from Hemel Hempstead Town but he has made a big impact for them. While he initially struggled for them as he tried to adjust to life in Sky Bet League One, he has benefited from their relegation and this season he has scored sixteen goals in 28 goals which has helped Dagenham get to 4th in the Vanarama National League.
But with his form being red hot at the moment and him being at a fairly young age, several teams from the Sky Bet Championship are interested in the striker, believing he could be like Jamie Vardy or Charlie Austin and be able to jump up the leagues from non-league with huge success. At the moment, Nottingham Forest, Brighton and Ipswich are weighting up moves for the former Northwood man and compared to many other players they are looking at, he will be relatively cheap at £250K.
Of course there will be questions whether Hawkins will be instantly able to make an impact in the Championship, especially as he didn’t get much time on the pitch for Dagenham when they were in the EFL. But with so many players in recent years moving up from non-league to the EFL with success, it seems that these sides are willing to take the risk on Hawkins.