January 1 will deliver a home date with Blackburn for Nottingham Forest, but also the chance to dip back into the transfer market.

The Reds are expected to be active, if not positively busy over the next few weeks.

Entering the New Year sat in fifth spot, the Premier League is there to be shot at once more.

A few tweaks will be required in order to get over that line.

And the top priority – with there little debate to be found here – is set to be the acquisition of another frontman.

Lewis Grabban is one of the best strikers in the Championship, and is proving as much again in 2019-20.

He cannot carry the burden of goal-scoring responsibility by himself.

Competition, or a possible partner, is most definitely required.

Several names have been added to the pot leading up to the opening of another window.


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Amid the speculation, rumours both speculative and sensible can be found.

Sabri Lamouchi has conceded that he wants to see his ranks bolstered.

Quizzed on his recruitment plans after a 1-0 victory over Wigan, the Forest boss told the Nottingham Post: “Maybe the window can help us – and the club are working a lot for that, to give us some help.

“I know what I want and the club know that.”

Who or what figures prominently on that list?

If ‘new striker’ fills the top spot, then what sits second?

The ongoing calls for greater creativity could lead the Reds towards another winger.

It has been confirmed that Jack Clarke’s loan spell at Leeds will be cut short in January, freeing him to head back to parent club Tottenham and out in another direction.

He has already been linked with Forest.

Could further reinforcements be sought at the back?


The Reds have a number of centre-halves on their books, but there may be movement there.

If the likes of Yohan Benalouane and/or Michael Hefele were allowed to leave, then further cover could be targeted.

There has also been talk of Aro Muric being returned to Manchester City.

That may lead Lamouchi to seek a third goalkeeper to join Brice Samba and Jordan Smith in the senior fold.

Rafa Mir is another who has seen speculation sparked around his future.

If his season-long loan was torn up, then the top two spots on the most wanted chart may be filled by forwards.

That would be no bad thing given that remains the area in need of the most urgent attention.

Predicting the events of the next few weeks is a rather thankless task, given that pretty much anything could happen.

Forest are ready to hit the January sales, though, and there promises to be plenty to debate and discuss before the make-up of Lamouchi’s shopping list becomes clear to those outside of the City Ground’s inner circle.

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