Nottingham Forest manager Sabri Lamouchi was keen to add another striker to his squad before the transfer window slammed shut, but wasn’t able to do so.
Lamouchi expressed his desire to sign another striker before 8 August. However, although Rafa Mir had already arrived at the club, another striker remained elusive.
Now that both Jason Cummings and Daryl Murphy have departed the City Ground, the Reds have even fewer options. If either Mir or Lewis Grabban picks up an injury, Lamouchi would need someone to fill in which wouldn’t be ideal.
Even though the transfer window has closed, clubs can still sign free agents throughout the course of the year. Deadline Day for clubs across Europe, as well as in League One and Two, was earlier this week.
If they haven’t already been snapped up, free agents may be looking for a club with a bit more urgency now. If they don’t, then they risk a severe lack of football in the first half of the season.
In the meantime, Seat Pitch has taken a look at three strikers who the Reds could still take a punt on.
One of the most well-known strikers to still be a free agent is Wilfried Bony. The 30-year-old was released by Swansea City at the end of the season and hasn’t been able to find a new club since.
He began training with League Two side Newport County in the summer in order to maintain his fitness. This was after he featured heavily for the Ivory Coast at the African Cup of Nations.
If the Reds were able to lure the former Manchester City striker to the City Ground, then it would undoubtedly be a major coup.
If the Reds wanted to sign a striker who was slightly younger, then Emmanuel Rivière may seem a better bet. The former Newcastle United striker remains a free agent after leaving Metz at the end of the season.
The 29-year-old’s goalscoring record isn’t the best, but he does have experience of playing in Ligue 1, the Premier League and La Liga. The fact he only scored once in 15 appearances in Ligue 2 for Metz last season makes it unsurprising that he’s looking for a new club.
Perhaps a more realistic option for the Reds in this market would be former Sheffield Wednesday striker Gary Hooper. The 31-year-old is without a club after being released by the Owls at the end of last season.
If it wasn’t for the striker’s recent injury woes, there’s little chance he would’ve found himself in this position. Despite this, it’s difficult to argue with his goalscoring record at this level.
One major stumbling block could be the striker’s wages. According to the Daily Record, Hooper was on £32,000-a-week when he originally joined the Owls on loan from Norwich. It’s unlikely the Reds would want to take those sort of wages on.