Quiet is not a word that you would usually associate with the January transfer window.

Especially when 48 hours away from any given deadline.

In the case of Nottingham Forest, though, one line of investigation in early 2019 appears to have ground to a halt.

We are not just talking quiet either, this is more silent.

To help highlight the issue in question, who can name the last striker to be linked with the Reds?

Jermain Defoe.

Any advance on a man now at Rangers?



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Well said speculation regarding the former England international resurfaced in the Nottingham Post back in mid-December.

Most people didn’t have their Christmas decorations up at that point!

They have since come back down, a New Year welcomed in and a customary managerial change been made at the City Ground.

Within all of that, nothing on the striker front.

Martin O’Neill has spoken of his desire to add in that area.

While discussing other positions in need of reinforcement, he said in the Nottingham Post: “I would also like somebody in, in case anything happens to our centre forwards. We would like a little bit of extra there.”

Fellow European Cup hero Kenny Burns then added in the Post: “Martin has to get at least one striker, possibly two in. And we need to add a bit of pace to the team, because we’ve not really got that.”

Easier said than done, admittedly.

Proven frontmen are the most prized of footballing commodities.


If anybody has one on their books, they are not going to part with them easily – or cheaply.

O’Neill will have needed no reminding of that fact.

He knows the market and how difficult it can be to find value.

The clock is ticking, though.

Various names continue to be added to the pot when it comes to supposed defensive and midfield targets, but none for the final third of the field.

Which is slightly alarming given the barren spell being endured by Lewis Grabban, Daryl Murphy’s advancing years, an injury to Hillal Soudani and Asian Cup involvement of Karim Ansarifard.

Maybe O’Neill has a few aces up his sleeve.

We had better hope so.

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