Britt Assombalonga in the famous Garabldi and banging in goals at the City Ground for Nottingham Forest.

How does that make you feel?

Nostalgic?

Frustrated?

How about optimistic?

That is the mindset being adopted by Reds legend Kenny Burns.

In a rather bold call from the European Cup winner, it has been suggested that Forest should be open to bringing a familiar face back to the banks of the Trent.

Assombalonga is, after all, generating transfer talk.

The Sun has claimed that the now Middlesbrough frontman is a target for newly-promoted Sheffield United.

Qualities

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The Blades are looking for greater cutting edge ahead of their return to the Premier League.

Martin O’Neill is seeking similar qualities in Nottingham.

“Personally, I was always a big fan of Britt when he was at Nottingham Forest and his goal record speaks for itself – he’s been missed,” Burns said in the Nottingham Post.

“Yes, the rest of his game might not be that great, but he puts the ball in the net when he gets a chance and that’s what you want from your strikers.

“Generally, I’d always advise against players and managers going back to their former clubs, however, if there was any chance of bringing him back to Forest, I may be tempted to make an exception.”

Optimistic is probably a polite way of describing those musings.

Especially as Burns adds: “Forest did get good money for him and his wages at the Riverside are reported to be around £60,000 a week which is more than double what the Reds could even consider paying, so that would make it highly improbable in truth.

“He’s a good player, though, and has been underused at Boro since moving there.”

Funds

Forest have funds.

Evangelos Marinakis is prepared to make plenty available.

There is, however, no way that the Reds are going to blow their wage structure apart on one deal.

Not for a man who has already jumped ship once and still faces questions of his work rate and fitness record.

Assombalonga is one for the past.

Forest need somebody similar for the future.

O’Neill will be exploring striking options, with Lewis Grabban in need of some more consistent support.

That search could take the Reds across Europe and potentially around the world.

It won’t be going via Middlesbrough.

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