Nottingham Forest are keen to sign a central defender on a permanent deal during the January transfer window.

According to the Guardian, Forest want a striker but will make the signing of a centre-back their priority for the transfer window.

Forest do have options in place at the heart of their defence.

Joe Worrall, Scott McKenna and Tobias Figueiredo are all in place at the club and have featured regularly under Steve Cooper.

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Loic Mbe Soh is another option, with Ryan Yates operating there on a makeshift basis during Saturday’s win over Swansea.

Forest also have Rodrigo Ely. At this moment in time, however, his signing looks bizarre given that he’s been injured pretty much since he arrived.

As a result, Cooper is keen to bolster his options and is keen to spring into action in January.

A couple of links have emerged between Forest and centre-backs during the last couple of weeks.

Brighton youngster Haydon Roberts has been linked, whilst John Souttar from Hearts remains a target for the Reds.

Naturally, this sort of news will spark more speculation over Worrall.

The 24-year-old nearly left the City Ground for a Premier League club during the summer and interested parties remain ahead of January.

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Naturally, this will lead to people thinking that Worrall will leave if Cooper wants to sign a central defender so desperately.

It could be that the head coach is simply keen to ensure his squad is well-stocked going forward.

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Figueiredo is out of contract in the summer and you simply can’t pin the hopes on Mbe Soh staying fit.

With that in mind, and considering Cooper often uses three central defenders at once, this move is perhaps wise.

Forest have to get it right though. A young centre-back with plenty of potential and sell on value would be just the tonic in January.

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