Nottingham Forest manager Sabri Lamouchi will be facing a potentially crucial decision during the January transfer window, with the Reds in need of adding to their attacking options to help them maintain a promotion bid.
The Reds have been heavily reliant on Lewis Grabban to lead the line for Nottingham Forest and make the difference in the final third, and the 31-year-old has managed to register ten Championship goals for Lamouchi’s side to help them get off to a strong start to the campaign.
Lamouchi’s side brought in Rafa Mir on a season-long loan from Premier League Wolverhampton Wanderers, with the Reds looking to get some support to Grabban and offer Forest the ability to rotate up front during the first half of the season.
However, Mir has really struggled to establish himself in Forest’s first team, with the striker not offering the same ability to link up with the Reds’ other forward players as Grabban – and as was highlighted during Lamouchi’s sides 2-2 draw at Millwall on Friday when Mir started he did not offer enough of a threat.
Here then, we take a look at THREE Mir upgrades that Forest should consider heading into the January window…
Shankland has been in excellent form for Dundee United so far this season, with the 24-year-old helping to spearhead his side’s push for promotion this campaign, having registered 17 goals in 13 appearances so far this season.
That means that Shankland would arrive at the City Ground full of confidence, something which Mir has been lacking during the first few months of the campaign, and the striker could be the ideal option to provide some strong competition for Grabban during the second half of the season.
Dundee United would likely be very reluctant to allow Shankland, who has forced his way into the Scottish national team during the opening months of the season, to leave but were Forest to come in with a reasonable offer, then the striker mind find it difficult to turn down the chance to help the Reds challenge for promotion to the Premier League.
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Wells has been enjoying an excellent start to the season during his loan spell with Queens Park Rangers, with the striker scoring eight goals in 18 appearances, operating effectively both alongside Jordan Hugill and up front on his own.
The forward is already proven in the Championship and would therefore be a signing that Lamouchi should be able to rely on to come in and either play alongside Grabban, or support him by coming off the bench and coming into the line-up to give the 31-year-old a breather at times.
Wells’ current contract at Burnley runs out in the summer, so he could be a fairly cheap option for the Reds to bring in, and although QPR will likely be wanting to keep him at the club, they might not have the chance if Forest produce a good offer for him in January.
Brewster has found it a challenge to force his way into Liverpool’s first team during the first half of the campaign, with the 19-year-old behind both Roberto Firmino and Divock Origi in Jurgen Klopp’s squad, which has seen him limited to just two appearances in the Carabao Cup so far this term.
The talented striker could therefore benefit from being sent out on loan in the January transfer window, and Nottingham Forest could be an ideal destination for him, with the Reds potentially able to provide him with regular minutes in the Championship during the second half of the campaign.
Brewster is highly regarded by Liverpool, and he has shown glimpses of his potential to develop into a real promising forward in the next few seasons – and he could be a very good option to bring in to take some of the pressure off Grabban.