Britt Assombalonga may remain a divisive figure in the eyes of some Nottingham Forest supporters, but would it be worth asking a transfer question of him in January?

The Reds could certainly do a lot worse.

A proven goalscorer who knows all about the club and the pressures which accompany that Garibaldi shirt – what’s not to like?

The fact he upped sticks for Middlesbrough.

Well, there is that.

There was, though, no chance of Forest turning down £15 million.

We are talking about the days of Fawaz Al Hasawi and his cronies calling the shots at the City Ground here.

The Reds were also treading water somewhat around that time.

With collective heads dipping under the water on occasion.

Boro were spending big and aiming high.

As Forest are in the present.


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Things have not worked out for those on Teesside, but what about Trentside?

Assombalonga, now in his peak at 27 years of age, could be the perfect alternative – and long-term successor – to Lewis Grabban.

Picking from either of those two would inspire considerably more confidence than the Rafa Mir debate that Sabri Lamouchi finds himself mulling over.

Reds legend Kenny Burns has claimed in the Nottingham Post that he would like to see a move made.

The European Cup winner has said: “I would be tempted to try and get him out of the Riverside, just drop a little bid in and see where it takes you.”

Sound advice.

If you don’t ask, you don’t get.

What’s the worst that could happen, Middlesbrough say ‘no’.

Ok, we’ll move on.

There are plenty of other options for Forest to explore, with many already being mooted.


Burns has added in the Post on a potential raid on The Valley: “Lyle Taylor at Charlton is a good start, he knows where the net is. He can hold it up, he can run the channels and is a big physical presence.

“He’s also out of contract in the summer, so he wouldn’t cost the earth and I’m sure would quite fancy playing in this side.”

That may or may not be the case, with Taylor yet to air his intentions in public.

He would be another frontman that fits the mould.

For Burns, though, there also needs to be outgoings in January.

With it suggested that funds could be freed up by the sale of Portuguese playmaker.

He has added: “For me, I’d be looking to try and move on Joao Carvalho when the window opens on New Year’s Day to free up money on the wage bill and give Sabri Lamouchi more ammunition to bolster his attack, which we all know is desperate for help.”

So move out Carvalho and approach Assombalonga and Taylor.

Unfortunately, this is not FIFA or Football Manager and tweaking the ranks is never as straightforward as that.

There is, however, value to be found in some of the claims and it is certainly worth putting a phonecall into the Riverside Stadium before the window swings open on January 1.

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