Nottingham Forest are in the market for some new players during the January transfer window as boss Martin O’Neill goes in search of promotion.
The Reds will hope to bolster their squad this month and the Forest incumbent will be on the lookout for players who can enhance a push towards the top six.
According to Sky Sports, Leicester City midfielder Andy King is on Forest’s list of targets; with the Reds keen to take the Wales international on loan this month.
The Reds are likely to face competition from several other second tier clubs for the 30-year-old’s services.
O’Neill has already added one Leicester man to his squad since arriving at the City Ground in the form of defender Yohan Benalouane.
The Tunisian made a solid start to his Forest career on Saturday – despite a 1-0 defeat for the Reds against Bristol City.
Here at Seat Pitch we looked at the pros and cons of King signing for Forest this January…
So why should Martin O’Neill pull out all the stops to sign Leicester City’s Andy King?
For starters the midfielder has been there and seen it all when it comes to Championship football.
He helped the Foxes back into the top flight during the 2013/14 campaign, before making 25 appearances in 2015/16 when Leicester defied the odds and won the Premier League.
King is a proven Championship performer and he would arrive at the City Ground with something of a point to prove.
The fact that King would likely arrive on loan also represents a no risk deal for the Reds, as there is unlikely to be any obligation to buy the midfielder should it not work out.
The consensus among Leicester supporters is that King has been something of a cult hero at the King Power, which would suggest that he has given his all each time he has turned out for the club.
Why should the Forest boss avoid signing Andy King like a commuter tries to avoid rush hour traffic?
Well, it is a reasonable assessment to say that King hasn’t played a great deal of football during the current campaign.
He played 22 times last season; 11 for Leicester and 11 on loan at Swansea City as they relinquished their Premier League status and were relegated to the Championship.
It is also perfectly feasible to suggest that Forest don’t have an immediate priority to strengthen in midfield.
The Reds are desperately short of numbers at the back; whilst a new winger is probably a more pressing area of concern.
Given that he hasn’t played a great deal of football of late some might question whether his best days are now behind him and Forest can’t afford any passengers at this stage of their season.