Nottingham Forest manager Sabri Lamouchi refused to give anything away when questioned about the club’s transfer plans yesterday.
The Reds face Hull City in the Championship tonight at the City Ground, but one of the more interesting topics in yesterday’s pre-match press conference was about the club’s plans for the upcoming January transfer window.
Since the last transfer window slammed shut, it was clear that the Reds were just missing another quality striker to compete with Lewis Grabban for a place in the side.
Rafa Mir’s performance in the defeat against Wigan Athletic at the weekend has only strengthened the argument that the Reds need another striker in January. There’s no doubt that Lamouchi would be struggling if Grabban does pick up an injury.
If the Reds are in the market for another striker, then they’d struggle to find a better one than Gayle.
The 29-year-old has proved to be one of the most prolific strikers at this level over the last few years. He netted 24 times in all competitions for West Bromwich Albion last season, having previously scored plenty of goals in the Championship for both Peterborough United and Newcastle United.
He would certainly challenge Grabban for a place in the starting line-up.
There’s no doubt that if the Reds were able to land Gayle in January, it would be a real statement of intent. He would be a huge asset to Lamouchi’s side as they push for promotion to the Premier League.
When asked about whether a striker would be on his radar in the transfer market, Lamouchi refused to give much away.
He told the Nottingham Post: “I am just looking at the Hull game. January, for me, is too far.
“Maybe you can make some speculation for some players – some striker, winger, box-to-box, right or left-back, goalkeeper. But for me, I am just focussed on my players and my squad.
“There’s no point talking about players who are not in my squad.”
Lamouchi is unlikely to comment on such speculation in mid-October, but this could certainly be something to keep an eye on over the next few months.