The deadline for domestic transfers may have passed last week but Nottingham Forest still haven’t wrapped up their summer business, with Kamil Grosicki’s loan move from West Bromwich Albion still hanging in the balance.
The Reds were remarkably busy in the summer window, signing 14 players, but even so, you certainly wouldn’t rule out some January business.
With that in mind, the recent announcements of the Premier League squads of all 20 top-flight clubs will likely have piqued their interest – with a number of potential targets left out in the cold.
We’ve highlighted three players that the East Midlands club may be eyeing up after the recent developments…
Henri Lansbury – Aston Villa
The 30-year-old midfielder is a player that Forest know well, having spent five years at the City Ground after leaving Arsenal in 2012.
Lansbury has been left out of Villa’s 25-man Premier League squad and the Reds may consider a reunion in January.
His qualities as a midfielder at Championship level are beyond question – with more than 250 appearances under his belt – and if Chris Hughton wants more reinforcements at the position come the winter window he could be a fantastic option.
The Arsenal academy product played arguably the best football of his career with Forest, with his contributions in 2014/15 and through the first half of 2016/17 particular high points.
He’s likely to be cheap with his contract set to expire in the summer, so a reunion could suit everybody.
Yannick Bolasie – Everton
With Forest’s eyes firmly set on returning to the top flight, signing an experienced winger that has done just that in the past could be a fantastic move.
Bolasie helped Crystal Palace get to the Premier League in 2012/13 but after a few impressive years in England’s top tier has found himself an outcast at Everton.
The Toffees didn’t include the 31-year-old in their 25-man Premier League squad and with one year left on his deal at Goodison Road, it seems his career there is over.
Signing Bolasie in January could add some extra firepower to the squad and he may be someone that Hughton and co want to keep an eye on, particularly if the Grosicki move falls through.
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Rolando Aarons – Newcastle United
Another option Forest could be eyeing up if they’re keen to add new weapons in the final third, Aarons looks to be on his way out of St James’ Park.
The winger wasn’t included in their Premier League squad and only has one year left on his current deal with the Magpies.
The 24-year-old might not have the experience of Bolasie but he would be more of an investment and the City Ground could be the ideal place for him to look to kick-start a career that has stalled.
Aarons represents more of a risk than the other players on this list but the reward is also greater. There’s clearly talent there, can the Reds be the club to help him flourish?