Nottingham Forest will undoubtedly look to add a few players to their squad during the January transfer window as they bid to maintain their promotion push.
The Reds are fifth after 15 games of the 2019/20 campaign but face nine tricky games before they will be able to add to their ranks at the turn of the year.
Forest added 12 new players during the summer and many of them have had an immediate impact on Sabri Lamouchi’s team.
The European market was utilised prior to the campaign. The likes of Samba Sow, Yuri Ribeiro and Brice Samba have all become favourites with the City Ground faithful.
It will be interesting to see whether Forest will take the same strategy in the summer, or whether the approach will be to attract tried and tested Championship performers.
One man who might be on the list of targets is summer target Younousse Sankhare. Nottinghamshire Live reported interest from Forest during the close season, with Cardiff also monitoring the situation.
The man with seven caps for the Senegal national team didn’t find a club during the summer and as a result, he would be available on a free.
A central midfielder by trade, Sankhare is typically a central midfielder. He boasts 265 appearances playing in top-flight French football and on a free he might be a shrewd piece of business.
His signing would seem like a relative no-brainer should Samba Sow’s injury prove worse than first feared.
The Malian limped out of the 1-0 win over Brentford at the start of October and hasn’t featured since.
There is no indication just yet as to when he might be back and that might see Forest tempted into taking a punt on the ex-Bordeaux man.
Last season he made 22 appearances for the French club but was released at the end of his contract. Sankhare has also played for Guingamp, Dijon, PSG and Lille.
Sankhare might not be the most inspiring transfer ever made by Forest; although supporters should trust the club. The European market was utilised with aplomb in the summer and the club must have earnt an element of trust.
If Sow is going to be missing for a little while longer then signing Sankhare makes perfect sense.
The 30-year-old on a short-term deal to replace Sow would ensure Forest maintain their physical presence in midfield.