A report from Swedish news outlet Fotboll Direkt has said that Championship duo Nottingham Forest and Reading are also interested in Ostersunds FK winger Hosam Aiesh, who has recently been watched by Leeds United.

We reported here on The72 that Leeds United were set to attend a Swedish Allsvenskan game between Ostersunds FK and GIF Sundsvall to watch Dino Islamovic and winger Hosam Aiesh.

Now, it has emerged that fellow Championship sides Nottingham Forest and Reading were also present at the game between the two sides last Thursday, which finished with the scores tied at 1-1. Ostersunds boss Ian Burchnall has said that he is aware that clubs were in attendance to watch Aiesh on Thursday, but went on to add that there have not been any offers for the winger as of yet, saying (quotes via Nottinghamshire Live):

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“I know there were people who watched the match against Djurgarden. I don’t know which clubs, but they were watching our players. There has been nothing concrete.”

Right winger Aiesh has played eight games for Ostersunds so far, scoring one goal and providing two assists along the way. In his time with the club formerly managed by ex-Swansea boss Graham Potter, the 24-year-old has played 106 times, scoring 14 times and providing 23 assists.

The Swedish winger will not be allowed to leave the club on the cheap this summer. The club turned down an offer of €2 million last summer, Fotboll Dirket says, hinting at the kind of money Ostersunds will be demanding for Aiesh.

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Aiesh has said that he will be looking to make a move away from the club this summer in search of a new challenge. Nottingham Forest, Reading and Leeds United will be hoping that they can tempt Aiesh to England to test himself in the Championship.


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