Nottingham Forest have been linked with a January move for Swiss striker Guillaume Hoarau, according to Nau. 

The Reds will definitely be in the market for a new striker and the 35-year-old looks to be on the shortlist of targets.

He currently plays for Young Boys where his goalscoring record is outstanding. In 176 appearances for the Swiss giants, he has scored 116 goals and registered 35 assists.

Hoarau spent five years with French giants Paris Saint-Germain, where he would spend some time playing under Carlo Ancelotti.

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The world-class manager is currently at Napoli but was extremely complimentary of Hoarau following his departure.

A man-mountain of a forward, he opted to head for China in 2013, signing for Dalian Yifang. Ancelotti sent him on his way with some mightily kind words, however.

Back in 2013, he told RMC Sport: “I want to thank Guillaume. Although he did not play much and sometimes he was not happy, he was always professional and serious, with a very good attitude.”

 

Although Ancelotti was ultimately the man to offload Hoarau, he was still pretty impressed with his professionalism.

Any striker that arrives at the City Ground might be forced to play second fiddle for a little while.

If Lewis Grabban is fit then you would expect him to maintain the mantle as Lamouchi’s primary striker.

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At 35, Hoarau might relish one final foray into a decent European league and the challenge of taking Forest to the Premier League will look attractive.

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The fact that Ancelotti praised his commitment and attitude despite being out of the side could bode well for the Reds.

Given his age, supporters will naturally remain sceptical. Forest utilised the European market with aplomb in the summer, however, and it could work again.

It remains to be seen whether Hoarau is a genuine target but Ancelotti’s comments might quash any supporter concerns.

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