Sabri Lamouchi is looking to bolster his attacking options at Nottingham Forest before the transfer window slams shut.
According to The Sun on Sunday (Page 61; 05/01/20), Leeds United are interested in signing Sheffield United midfielder Luke Freeman.
It remains to be seen whether Chris Wilder would be willing to allow the 27-year-old to leave, either on loan or on a permanent basis. He only joined the Blades during the summer in a deal reported to be worth around £5 million (Daily Mail).
If he is available this month, Nottingham Forest should join Leeds in pushing for his signature.
There’s no doubt that the 27-year-old is struggling for first-team action at Bramall Lane. Freeman has only been named in Wilder’s starting line-up three times this season, making a further six substitute appearances.
Lamouchi’s lack of attacking options at the City Ground was evident again at the weekend. One of the only attacking options he had to bring off-the-bench against Reading was 17-year-old Alex Mighten. He’ll be desperate to strengthen his options.
Forest’s situation has the potential to become more strained if they were to pick up a few injuries. If Lewis Grabban was to be sidelined, it’s difficult to see who would replace him in that position.
True, Freeman isn’t an out-and-out striker, but he does score goals and creates chances, which is something the Reds have struggled with. He made 43 appearances for Queens Park Rangers in the Championship last season, and contributed with five goals and 12 assists in the season prior.
The Reds are currently sat in the Championship play-off places, within striking distance of the top two of West Bromwich Albion and Leeds who will both push hard for promotion.
Forest’s current position in the table is well-deserved, but to preserve their spot ahead of the chasing pack they must look to strengthen. There’s no doubt that adding Freeman to the squad would be a wise move.