Neil Warnock has told TalkSPORT that he’s tried to sign new Nottingham Forest striker Keinan Davis several times.

The Aston Villa academy graduate was allowed to join Forest by Steven Gerrard earlier this month and he made his debut against Arsenal on Sunday.

Davis produced a decent start to life at Forest. He offered a strong presence in the attack and was replaced in the second half by Lewis Grabban.

Forest Davis
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There will be more to come from the Villa man. The beauty of his performance on Sunday was that he’ll definitely provide Steve Cooper with a different option.

Warnock is a huge fan. He’s been doing some radio work since being sacked by Middlesbrough and Davis has been on his radar.

He told TalkSPORT (12/01; 09:46): “I’ve been trying to get him for five years. We nearly got him at Cardiff but Villa had an injury.

“Then we were close to getting him at Middlesbrough.

“He suits the Championship. He’s a hardworking lad and this could be the move he needs.”

Davis will spend the rest of the season on loan at Forest. He joins having fallen down the pecking order at Villa, adding competition for Grabban and Lyle Taylor.

Positive: Early Davis signs look good for Forest

Despite coming up against Premier League players Ben White and Rob Holding, Davis produced a sound Forest debut.

There looks to be more to come from the powerful frontman. He might not be the first choice ahead of Grabban but ultimately his presence from the bench will be useful.

Forest Davis
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Forest have been bitten with poor January business in the past. In Davis, the Reds look to have learned from their previous mistakes and targeted some real quality.

The challenge for the Villa man is to grasp his chances by scoring goals in the Championship.

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