Nottingham Forest have, with a matter of days remaining, got one deal over the line so far in the January transfer window.

Adama Diakhaby is the only new arrival as things stand.

There is still time in which to get bodies in alongside him.

We are, however, approaching the mad scramble towards another deadline.

The Reds have until 11pm on Friday to further bolster their ranks.

What was a four-week window has been whittled down to four days.

We are still waiting on a striker.

Another frontman was identified as a top target long before 2020 was welcomed in.

Putting agreements in place is proving to be easier said than done.

Sabri Lamouchi’s most recent recruitment update saw him say in the Nottingham Post: “I don’t have news. For me, I think it could be on the last day of the window.

“We have played a lot of games in January without new players. We will play next week [against Brentford], probably, without any new players.


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“But we must have more respect for my squad and my players. With them, we have taken 48 points with 13 victories – that is not nothing. So we need more respect for them.

“I am just focused on my players. And I have a lot of respect for them because they are working hard, they are so focused and I am so proud about the team spirit. We are in the right way.”

The boss is expecting things to go to the wire.

Which means we should all adopt a similar mindset.

Not ideal, but not the end of the world either.

Stances which appear rigid throughout the rest of the month can be relaxed as the deadline edges ever closer.

That is why the final day of any given window is always the busiest.

What Forest must do is keep the faith.

There is still plenty of ability and value to be found.

It is a case of looking in the right places.


Now is not the time for panic.

We have reached quick fix territory, but there remains no need to add for the sake of it.

Anyone brought in from this point must give something different to the collective cause.

Lamouchi has, as he points out, fared admirably with those already at his disposal.

This window has always been about tinkering for Forest, rather than sweeping change.

Outside of the much sought-after frontman, any other additions could be considered a bonus.

Every effort must be made to find a goal-getter.

There have been enough names added to the pot to suggest that at least one signature can be secured.

In the final third of the field, we are approaching the point of anybody will do!

Beyond that, there is no need to force the issue.

It would be nice to see another creative influence, but you do not always get what you want and Forest can be happy with their lot regardless.

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