Nottingham Forest are looking to add another striker to their ranks, according to Mexican outlet Radio Formula, with Cristhian Stuani of Girona among the club’s list of targets.
The former Middlesbrough man was a target for the Reds last season when Aitor Karanka was in charge, according to Team Talk.
Girona were demanding an astronomical sum 12 months ago but due to relegation from La Liga, his valuation has now been halved to around £6.1 million, as per the report.
Despite a poor season for the Spanish outfit, Stuani was at his prolific best. The 32-year-old netted 20 goals in all competitions, with interest now thought to be fierce.
Barcelona and Celtic are among the other interested parties, according to Radio Formula. Stuani looks set to leave in the summer and other suitors are expected to emerge for his services.
Lewis Grabban was Forest’s leading marksman last season with 17 goals. Daryl Murphy and Karim Ansarifard provided the backup, but another striker will probably be required in the summer.
The Seat Pitch Verdict
It’s reasonable to suggest that any striker who has just completed a La Liga campaign with 19 goals would be welcome at the City Ground.
Following such a prolific campaign, the £6.1 million being quoted seems extremely fair.
Stuani knows all about English football following a two-year spell at Middlesbrough, under former Reds boss Aitor Karanka.
It doesn’t take a brain surgeon to work out that Forest need more depth in their attacking ranks. Both Murphy and Ansarifard did jobs last season but one is ageing and the other is still relatively unproven at Championship level.
If Martin O’Neill can pull off the signing of Stuani it would really outline Forest’s intention for the forthcoming campaign.