Nottingham Forest are interested in signing Connor Wickham during the January transfer window, according to the Telegraph.
The 26-year-old striker is currently playing for Crystal Palace where he’s only managed to make two appearances in the Premier League so far this season.
His 49 goals in 230 appearances doesn’t tell the whole story. Wickham hasn’t been able to fulfil the potential which he showed during the early stages of his career.
Wickham was seen as a huge prospect after breaking through at Ipswich Town. This saw Sunderland sign the striker on a four-year deal for an initial fee of £8.1 million when the striker was just 18-years-old.
Since then, it hasn’t really gone to plan for Wickham. He was sent out on loan on two occasions to Sheffield Wednesday, as well as having a short spell at Elland Road with Leeds United.
Wickham opted to leave the Stadium of Light permanently in 2015 to join Crystal Palace on a five-year deal for an initial fee of £7 million.
According to the Telegraph, Roy Hodgson is prepared to let the striker depart on loan to get regular football for the rest of the season. Wickham will be keen for a new challenge after falling down the pecking order at Selhurst Park.
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At 26, Wickham still has time in his career to reach his potential. He has shown in the past that he’s capable of scoring goals in the Championship.
The Reds have been strongly linked with a move for the likes of Dwight Gayle in January. However, a loan move for Wickham could make the desired impact and would be far lower risk.
Wickham scored eight goals in 11 appearances during his second loan spell at Sheffield Wednesday. If he could replicate that sort of record at Forest, then it’d be a deal worth doing.
Nothing is done and dusted yet but a short-term deal for Wickham might prove to be a masterstroke by the Reds.
The Reds aren’t the only side interested in the striker though. Premier League strugglers Watford are said to currently be leading the race for his signature, according to the Telegraph.