Bjorn Johnsen is the latest name to be linked with a move to Nottingham Forest this summer.
The Norway frontman currently plies his trade in Holland, but is no stranger to British shores having previously turned out for Edinburgh side Hearts.
Following his somewhat acrimonious departure from Tynecastle under rookie boss Ian Cathro, Johnsen moved to Holland to link up with ADO Den Haag where he bagged 19 goals to become one of the Eredivisie’s highly-regarded talents.
The Norwegian international striker says his desire is to play in one of Europe’s top leagues having joined AZ Alkmaar a year ago in a deal worth £2m, signing a long-term deal.
“My ambition is to get to the Premier League or one of the top five leagues in Europe, and right now, for my current ability and where I am on my learning curve, I feel this league and this club is a good fit,” he said last August of his move from Den Haag.
“I’ve got a four-year contract here and I’m happy with that but I also have ambitions to go even higher, so we’ll see what happens.
“I’m not satisfied yet.”
The New York City-born frontman has netted 25 times in 56 outings in Holland, form which has now seen him linked with a move to the Championship, and he admits to things progressing in Holland quicker than he hoped.
“I always believed in myself but I didn’t expect it to take off so quickly in Holland,” the 27-year-old told the Evening News, reflecting on his career up to that point.
“I felt like I was ready but I wanted to get some matches under my belt and find out about the league, play against the likes of Ajax and PSV Eindhoven and find my feet.
“I came to Den Haag with confidence and I hoped to get into double digits but I think I exceeded my own expectations last year. It was a great season for me. It showed I could score goals consistently.
“I had done it before in Portugal (with Louletano and Atletico CP) but I had to show it again. Getting that consistency is what I had to work on.”
“I feel like I’ve been making the right steps in the right direction to become a better player and get towards the highest level.
“I learned a lot at Hearts and have also learned a lot since leaving Hearts which has helped me become wiser and a better player.”
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