Lewis Grabban has added his voice to those calling for Nottingham Forest to sign another striker, which tells you everything you need to know about transfer needs at the City Ground.

When the man whose position would come directly under threat from any additions made in that area is calling for reinforcements, it is probably worth taking note.

Not that the Reds board need any more words of advice.

It has been clear for some time that alternative options are required in the final third.

Forest boast one of the Championship’s best in Grabban, but nothing really beyond him.

Rafa Mir has struggled badly on Trentside, while Tyler Walker is taking in another productive loan spell at Lincoln.

It could that the former sees a season-long deal cut short in the New Year, while the latter probably won’t see his development stunted by being brought back for bench duty.


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Which means that another foray into the winter market awaits.

Grabban has said in the Nottingham Post: “We need a striker. We need another player. We need quality players to come in – whoever it may be.

“It’s whatever benefits the team to get us where we need to get to.

“Me personally, I’m not bothered at all with the speculation around forwards because we need strengthening in that January window.”

Grabban says that he would welcome the added competition, rather than shy away from it.

You would expect nothing less from a man boasting his CV.

The 31-year-old has also suggested that he needs somebody to keep him on his toes.


He added in the Post: “It gives you that bit to fight for.

“Competition is always good. You don’t want to be in a squad where there’s no competition because people get lazy.”

That is an accusation which has been levelled at Grabban in the past.

Not so this season, with Forest’s 10-goal top scorer having worked as hard as anybody for the good of the collective cause.

He is aware of his responsibilities, and has revelled in them.

It is, however, refreshing to hear that he wants somebody else to come in and inspire him to hit even greater heights.

That, along with getting another much-needed body on board, bodes well for all concerned.

If Grabban has been this productive so far, with no real threat to his place, just imagine what he could be with a battle on his hands.

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