Nottingham Forest need a summer refresh to be a little more than one in, one out, but that is a good place to start in the striking department.

Hillal Soudani, it would appear, is about to pack his bags.

Sport24 are among those to report that the Algeria international is set to join Olympiakos.

He will be moving on after just eight appearances for the Reds.

Those outings did deliver two goals, but injury struck in October 2018.

Soudani was not seen again after figuring in the forgettable 3-2 Carabao Cup defeat to Burton Albion.

There had been the odd glimpse of what he is capable of.

But promise was, to be fair, in short supply.

A fresh start is probably just what he needs right now.

With the same true of those left behind at the City Ground.


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If a promotion push is to be staged any time soon, then suitable additions to the ranks are required.

Was Soudani ever going to be a leading man in a surge towards the Premier League?


His departure frees up space for somebody else to try and fill that role.

Another proven frontman is considered to be a top priority this summer.

Reds legend Kenny Burns has said in the Nottingham Post of recruitment requirements: “They certainly need another central midfielder. I know they have a good number of them, but a player of real quality is needed.

“Another striker is important too. Lewis Grabban would have got 20 goals last season but for injury.

“When he was out the side the goals dried up from strikers. That doesn’t mean there is no role for Daryl Murphy next season.

“He’s still a good man to have around the squad. Even with the style of football these days, there is nothing wrong with having an old fashioned target man in your squad who can hold the ball up.

“Tyler Walker is another player who could have a part to play after doing so well at Mansfield last season. Getting 26 goals should have given him plenty of confidence.

“If Forest can get one more goalscorer in to supplement them then they will be well set in attack for next season.”

Soudani is not the only frontman Forest need to get off their books.


Jason Cummings is another who is likely to head for the exits this summer, potentially on another loan.

Decisions also have to be taken on Walker.

Is Des’ boy ready to play a more prominent role for the Reds in 2019-20?

His efforts at Mansfield will have offered a confidence boost, but they did come in League Two.

There may be a part for him to play.

Forest are, however, after that “one goal scorer”.

Options have already been mooted, such as Lawrence Shankland and Christhian Stuani, but there are obvious arguments to make against either member of that duo actually arriving on Trentside.

There are plenty of potential additions out there.

Both at home and abroad.

Soudani did not quite work out, for either party, but there is now the chance for Forest to fill his boots with a more suitable fit for Championship football.

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