In the least shocking news of the day, Nottingham Forest are being linked with yet more strikers – with Che Adams and Glenn Murray the latest names to be added to the pot.

The Athletic are claiming that two Premier League frontmen figure on the Reds’ radar.

They are not the first, and will not be the last.

A list of supposed targets is growing by the hour as the January transfer window countdown continues.

The latest report reads: “The Athletic understands that Che Adams, who has struggled to make an impact at Southampton since his £15 million move in the summer, is also on the Forest shortlist, along with veteran striker Glenn Murray.”

As with all of the other gossip to have emerged so far, there are obvious benefits to be found.

Forest’s desire to bring more firepower on board is well documented.

Even Lewis Grabban, who has been ploughing a lone furrow for the most part, has admitted as much.

The hope is that deals will be done early and fresh faces welcomed into the fold.


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Whether that is Dwight Gayle, Connor Wickham, Lyle Taylor or anybody else remains to be seen.

Adams and Murray are, however, intriguing additions to the mix.

The former would certainly be a positive acquisition.

It was only last season that Adams was plundering 22 goals for Birmingham – a side which finished 17th in the Championship.

He is only 23 years of age and knows all about life in the second tier.

A lack of game time at Southampton also gives him a point to prove.

Adams is yet to find the target in 2019-20, through 14 appearances, but that should not be a cause for concern.

He is not in the same bracket as Rafa Mir – who has drawn a blank in 13 outings for Forest.


Murray has also struggled to find a spark this term, with only one effort to his name at Brighton.

That came in a Carabao Cup clash with Bristol Rovers in August, with a Premier League account yet to be opened.

He is now 36 years of age, but is another with a proven CV – especially in the Football League.

Murray would offer more of an aerial threat to Forest’s frontline and provide an option for a pairing alongside Grabban to be put in place.

Adams also boasts the physical qualities to be both a solitary strike option or part of a duo.

He needs no introduction to the Reds either.

In five meetings with Forest to date, the former Sheffield United star has netted three times.

Having him with, rather than against, could prove beneficial.

Sabri Lamouchi needs somebody of Adams’ ilk, or Murray for that matter, and bringing in strikers short of goals may actually make more sense than it appears to on paper.

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