Nottingham Forest boss Chris Hughton wants Glenn Murray to be the man to spearhead his survival bid, according to The Mirror.

The Reds are looking over their shoulders towards the foot of the Championship and Hughton is eyeing new recruits.

Murray has been rarely-seen on loan at Watford, failing to oust Troy Deeney from the centre forward role.

The 37-year-old has featured five times for the Hornets but has been told he is free to return to Brighton this month.

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As a result, Hughton could look to reunite with the striker who played his best football under the Forest boss.

During the 2016/17 campaign he scored 23 goals as the Seagulls were promoted to the Premier League.

The following campaign he kept up his hot streak, scoring 12 goals in the top-flight, helping Brighton survive relegation.

In 285 appearances for Brighton he has fired 111 goals and the Championship is a league he knows extremely well.

Forest have Lewis Grabban and Lyle Taylor in their attack but between them they’ve mustered five goals this season.

With Rotherham winning last night and an important run of games on the horizon, Forest are desperate for a lift from somewhere.

Can Murray lead Forest to survival?

Only time will tell but it’s a signing that’s unlikely to go down too well with supporters.

There seems a real ignorance towards experience from some supporters right now and Murray’s arrival is hardly likely to be a welcome one.

The fact Murray earns £30,000-a-week at Brighton is also unlikely to whet the appetite of the fan base.

The best way for Murray to silence his critics would be to come in and score goals.

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At face value, his arrival could be a decent addition.

Taylor and Grabban are both very similar and Forest have nothing in attack which allows them to mix things up.

Having a physical presence like Murray in and around the box could help Forest keep the ball in the final third better than they have so far.

It’s likely to only be a short-term measure and given Forest’s predicament it might not be a bad signing at all.

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