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Premier League clubs keeping tabs on Nottingham Forest manager Steve Cooper

Nottingham Forest manager Steve Cooper is on the radar of some Premier League clubs, reports the Daily Mail.

He has already been identified as a target ahead of next season, with at least two clubs keen on him.

Cooper helped the City Ground club return to the English top flight for the first time since 1999.

The Tricky Trees also reached the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup before losing to eventual winners Manchester United.

Forest are 13th in the Premier League after 24 games following an unimpressive start to the season.

Cooper’s heroics have caught the eyes of his side’s rivals, with changes expected at some clubs.

Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea, West Ham United, Southampton, Leeds United and Brighton & Hove Albion could make managerial changes in the summer.

Antonio Conte’s contract expires in June and Spurs have the option to extend it by another year.

However, they may decide against activating the extension for different reasons.

West Ham, Southampton and Leeds are neck-deep in the relegation battle. They could end up replacing their managers even if they stay up.

There is growing interest in Brighton manager Roberto De Zerbi. Cooper could emerge as a top contender if the Italian’s post becomes vacant.

The former Swansea City manager will concentrate on keeping Nottingham up. Only four points separate them from the drop zone, but they have one game in hand.

The 43-year-old signed a new contract with the club until 2025 last October.

Forest face a fight to hold on to Cooper and they may look to hand him a new deal at the end of the season.

A move to a club playing European football could appeal to him going forward.

He will continue to grow his C.V and clubs will keep watching him even if he remains at City Ground beyond this season.

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