Nottingham Forest were linked with Noah Okafor in the summer but they’re now fighting a losing battle. Transfer guru Florian Plettenberg has claimed that Liverpool, Manchester City and AC Milan are all keen to sign him when the January transfer window opens.
The Reds were linked with the Salzburg star before a ball was kicked ahead of the campaign. Ultimately, however, the Austrian champions chose not to let their star man leave during the summer transfer window.
Forest showed some serious ambition during the summer. Evangelos Marinakis ploughed £150 million into the squad and landed stellar recruits like Morgan Gibbs-White, Jesse Lingard, Dean Henderson and Serge Aurier.
The Reds climbed off the bottom of the Premier League on Saturday. They have claimed 13 points from their opening 15 games and they at least have something to build from now.
With the World Cup break now upon us, Forest have a chance to take stock. Discussions will likely take place between Steve Cooper and the recruitment team over where the team needs strengthening in January.
Another attacker could be the order of the day. Taiwo Awoniyi has scored three goals but Cooper hasn’t really given him a proper run in the team during 2022/23.
Emmanuel Dennis and Sam Surridge are the other two options. The pair find themselves in the same boat as Awoniyi in the sense that they’ve been unable to get a regular run of games in the team.
Okafor now looks to be out of reach for Forest. With Champions League clubs vying for his signature, the Reds will surely have to look elsewhere.
Forest were linked with Okafor but other clubs fancy him
It’s no surprise to see big clubs emerge for the 22-year-old. He’s scored 10 goals from 22 appearances during the current campaign, including three in the Champions League.
Forest must ensure they add one or two players to their squad during the transfer window. The Reds now have a fighting chance of survival and they can’t afford to miss out.
Certain players could leave and that will leave some gaps in the squad. Certainly, it would be no surprise to see one of the strikers head out on loan when the window re-opens.
Forest have seemingly lost the battle to sign a player previously called ‘magnificent’ by Switzerland under-21 boss Mauro Lustrinelli.
The challenge now is to ensure that the Reds are well prepared to add some more quality to their ranks during the January transfer window.