Nottingham Forest have set their sights on Maurizio Sarri to be their next manager, as per Italian journalist Alfredo Pedullà.

Nuno Espírito Santo is currently in charge of the Premier League side and was appointed Steve Cooper’s successor in December.

The Portuguese tactician helped Nottingham Forest collect six points from their first three league games and has managed only five more in the last nine matches.

Earlier this month, they were also docked four points for breaching the Premier League’s profitability and sustainability rules. The Reds are currently 18th in the table, a point behind 17th placed Luton Town.

The journalist claims the 65-year-old Italian has ‘received a phone call’ from Nottingham Forest, with a request to ‘immediately take over’ from Nuno Espírito Santo.

Pedullà further states Nottingham Forest have offered the former Chelsea manager, who has been without a job since leaving Lazio earlier this month, a three-year deal. However, Sarri has turned down the proposal as he has other plans for his future.

Sarri is focusing on taking a break until the end of this season and will then look for a new adventure in the summer.