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3 issues Nottingham Forest must resolve in the final two weeks of the window

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It has been a fairly quiet start to the January transfer window for Nottingham Forest, who will be hopeful of strengthening their squad in their bid for promotion this term.

The Reds have lost Rafa Mir after he was recalled by parent club Wolves, with Chema also reportedly set to leave the City Ground after just five months, to join UD Almeria in Spain.

In terms of incomings, the club are yet to make a move in the market, but those departures should be able to free some wages up help Lamouchi bolster his squad with fresh faces.

For the first time in a long while, Forest have a real chance of winning promotion and making a long-awaited return to the Premier League this season.

The Reds sit fifth in the Sky Bet Championship table, eight points off the top two with a game in hand, so automatic promotion is far from an impossibility for Lamouchi’s men.

This, therefore, means that this transfer window is vital if Forest want to achieve their goals, and every dealing they make has to be spot on.

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Here, we take a look at three issues Nottingham Forest must resolve in the final two weeks of the window…

Signing a new striker

Forest are, quite simply, desperate for a new striker, especially after the departure of Rafa Mir who has recently joined SD Huesca on loan.

This leaves Lewis Grabban as the club’s only out-and-out striker, so if the Reds’ leading goalscorer happens to pick up an injury, Forest would be left with nobody up top.

Plenty of strikers have been linked with a move to the City Ground, from Eddie Nketiah to Dwight Gayle, from Glenn Murray to Jonathan Kodjia.

Whoever the club bring in, though, they need to ensure that it’s the right signing in every aspect. Whoever comes in will need to know that they might not get into the team ahead of Grabban straight away, and they’d need to work hard and potentially come in as backup.

This, though, has to be the main priority for Forest this month.

Deciding Joao Carvalho’s future

Carvalho has endured a mixed spell at Nottingham Forest since his £13.2m move from Benfica last summer, and has since scored six goals and added nine assists for the Reds.

The Portuguese playmaker was left out of the squad at the weekend as Forest drew 1-1 with Reading, fuelling speculation linking him with moves to Olympiacos and Trabzonspor.

The Athletic claim that whilst Carvalho is settled in the East Midlands, he could well be sold this month, and Forest need to make a decision sooner rather than later.

Do they try and recuperate as much money for him as possible to reinvest into the squad, or keep him at the club and find a system or position that suits him?

Something needs to change as his performances have often flattered to deceive this term, and this speculation can’t be good for anyone.

Clearing the deadwood

Despite getting rid of plenty of first-team players in the summer, Forest still have a hugely congested squad and it’s down to Lamouchi to clear the deadwood this month.

The likes of Claudio Yacob, Zach Clough, Michael Hefele and Liam Bridcutt all face uncertain futures at the City Ground, and it’s highly unlikely that they will feature in any capacity under Lamouchi.

Sunderland have been linked with a double swoop for Clough and Bridcutt, whilst there has been no reported interest in the likes of Yacob and Hefele, and getting rid of them will be just as important as bringing in players.

Getting players off the wage bill frees up room for others to come in.


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