Another day, another striker being linked with Nottingham Forest – with Ibrahim Sissoko next up for those indulging in a spot of transfer bingo, as reported by FootMercato.

So that’s Dwight Gayle, Lawrence Shankland, Guillaume Hoarau, Connor Wickham and now Sissoko, for anybody keeping count.

Oh, and maybe Jonathan Kodja!

Such speculation is to be expected.

Silly season accompanies the festive one when it comes to January recruitment windows.

Along with mince pies, Brussels sprouts and your body weight in chocolate, there is enough gossip to sink your teeth into during the month of December to have you longing for the sporting diet of February.

There will, however, be some substance among the nonsense.

Perhaps said qualities are to be found within the talk of Sissoko registering on the Reds’ radar.

It is not hard to piece the chain together when it comes to the 24-year-old forward.

He has recorded eight goals in 14 appearances this season, while registering one assist.

A pretty decent return.


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Those efforts have, however, come at French second tier side Chamois Niortais.

Not heard of them?

Fair enough.

It is a return to be respected and a striker of Malian descent boasts plenty of other qualities to go alongside his goal-getting.

At 6ft 3in tall, Sissoko slips into the ‘physical presence’ mould of frontman.

Forest don’t really have one of those on their books at present, so maybe they are casting admiring glances towards the continent.

Dips into the French talent pool should be expected given the close ties now boasted between the City Ground and that part of the world.

Sabri Lamouchi will be aware of hidden gems in his homeland, while scouts have also been plucked from that neck of the woods.

You would hope that they have a few potential targets in mind.


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Sissoko could be sought to fill the void of attacking focal point created by Daryl Murphy’s departure from Trentside over the summer.

An alternative is required to Lewis Grabban and going with something completely different makes a lot of sense.

As does a bid to try and unearth bargains at a time of year in which they can be notoriously difficult to find.

Both in the ‘real’ world and the sporting one.

It is safe to assume that Sissoko, who is also said to be interesting Leeds, would not come with the same kind of price tag as a Dwight Gayle.

Ligue 2 also has history when it comes to producing stars for the English game.

N’Golo Kante graced that level before turning up at Leicester, as did Riyad Mahrez – with both men now Premier League title winners.

Matteo Guendouzi is another recent example of talent being plucked from a division which few on this side of the Channel know much about.

With that in mind,  Sissoko is not to be written off.

It is, though, probably best to avoid trying to get ahead of the game by asking for a Forest shirt donning his name to be shoved into your stocking on December 25.

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