The Watford Observer claimed yesterday that Glenn Murray was training alone at Watford. Naturally, the talk will now start over a Nottingham Forest switch.
The experienced striker in on a season-long loan from Brighton but new Hornets boss Xisco Munez has deemed him surplus.
With his future at the AMEX Stadium non-existent another move will be sought for Murray this month.
Given that Chris Hughton got the very best out of Murray during his time at Brighton, it seems obvious that Forest’s name will be mentioned.
In 127 games played under Hughton, Murray managed 52 goals, including 23 as Brighton won promotion during 2016/17.
He also registered seven assists during that campaign, highlighting an ability to bring players into games.
From a Forest perspective that all sounds good so far, doesn’t it?
Well, there are plenty of cons when it comes to Hughton eyeing a reunion with his former trusted talisman.
For starters, Murray is now 37 and that won’t impress Forest supporters who are desperate to see the average age come down.
For too long, ardent supporters have grown disgruntled at the City Ground becoming a retirement centre for players keen to collect one last wage.
There’s also the pressing matter of a lack of football for the promotion-winner during the last couple of seasons.
After scoring 13 Premier League goals during 2018/19, he has found himself out of favour since.
Last season he wasn’t deemed a massive part of Graham Potter’s team, scoring just two goals all season.
This season has been even worse, with Murray managing just 110 minutes of football at Watford.
Bearing that in mind, adding him to the Forest ranks and expecting instant success would be extremely ambitious.
Would Murray be a decent addition?
Right now, it’s probably deal for Forest best to steer clear of.
At 37 and with very little football in the last 18 months, Murray will need time to get up to speed.
He would provide the Reds with something different alongside Lyle Taylor and Lewis Grabban but it just seems like too much of a risk.
Forest need to try and avoid too many short-term options and Murray would ultimately provide just that.
Hughton will obviously weigh up whether it’s right for the Reds to pounce.
Ultimately, he will probably feel that strengthening his team elsewhere is a more immediate priority.