Nottingham Forest are pursuing a raid on former boss Aitor Karanka’s Birmingham City squad, with the Reds interested in star striker Lukas Jutkiewicz (Sunday People, 30/08; page 53).
The experienced frontman was once again the spearhead of the Blues’ attack last season, scoring 15 goals despite an underwhelming campaign for the Midlanders.
Karanka would dearly love to keep his star man but Sabri Lamouchi his keen to bolster his own forward ranks, with Tyler Walker recently departing for Coventry City.
Forest have added Lyle Taylor to their ranks this summer and he netted his first Reds goal in yesterday’s 1-0 friendly victory over West Bromwich Albion.
Lewis Grabban is expected to remain as Lamouchi’s primary source of goals after he bagged 20 times last season.
The report suggests that Forest wanted to add Jutkiewicz during the January transfer window, although a deal for the proven forward couldn’t come to fruition.
Now Lamouchi wants to return to get his man with the Frenchman keen to leave no stone unturned in his quest to get Forest into the Premier League.
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With Taylor and Grabban competing for the role of leading the Forest attack, adding another striker might seem surprising.
The Reds also have Nuno Da Costa waiting in the wings for an opportunity, although he did prove pretty decent out wide during the final nine games of last season.
That said, Jutkiewicz would provide Forest with two positive elements if he is added to the ranks.
Firstly, he would allow the Reds a different option in attack. He would be capable of holding up the ball, should Forest need to go a bit more direct in their approach.
Not only that but he’d also ensure the Reds were well-stocked for those hectic months where the games come thick and fast.
Forest’s strength in depth was poor last season and adding an experienced Championship performer in Jutkiewicz would add some real quality from the bench.