Nottingham Forest have failed in their attempts to sign Eddie Nketiah from Arsenal after the Premier League club confirmed that the striker would remain at the club.
Nketiah was recalled by the Gunners when the January transfer window opened at the start of January, ending his time with Championship side Leeds United.
Scoring five goals during his time at Elland Road, Nketiah emerged as a target for a number of Championship sides with a loan move reported for the second half of the season.
However, despite interest from a whole host of clubs such as Bristol City and Forest (as reported by Sky Sports News, 13:06, Jan-8.), Arsenal confirmed that the youngster was staying put – ending any chance of a deal.
With Forest looking to find a striker to provide back up and competition for Lewis Grabban, the news means they will now need to look elsewhere and we have looked at THREE players who could be on Sabri Lamouchi’s shortlist.
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Aston Villa’s Jonathan Kodjia has somewhat been frozen out at Villa Park this season and is now emerging as a transfer prospect for Forest.
Forest were linked with the former Championship striker at the start of January and that move could now move forward after missing out on Nketiah.
The 30-year-old former Bristol City man has struggled to adapt to the Premier League and arguably had his best seasons in the Championship, netting an impressive 20 goals in 52 games for Bristol before joining Villa.
His debut season for Villa saw him score 19 in all competitions before he found less playing time at Villa Park.
Glenn Murray has struggled to find first team football at Brighton this season and the striker has been linked with a move to the Championship with Forest.
Murray would certainly bring in experience having spent four years in the Championship and six in the Premier League during his career.
Aside form his goalscoring quality, Murray has played a part previously in promotions, helping Brighton win League One in 2010/2011 and gain promotion as runners up to the Premier League in 2016/2017,
Much like Kodjia and Murray, Wickham has found very little playing time at Crystal Palace under Roy Hodgson.
With Forest looking for a new striker, it is reported that officials from the City Ground made an initial enquiry to Palace over Wickham’s availability.
Wickham signed a new deal with Palace last May, extended his current contract until 2021 – but it is thought that a move away to gain first team football would be welcomed by the striker.
The English forward has struggled with injuries in recent years, being ruled out of action from November 2016 until October 2018.