Nottingham Forest have enjoyed a fine Championship campaign so far but they will want to bring in some new signings next month to sustain their challenge for promotion.
And, many see finding a striker to rival Lewis Grabban as a priority for the Reds, with current backup Rafa Mir struggling to make an impact.
So, it’s no surprise to see Forest linked with some different options, with Young Boys target man Guillaume Hoarau the latest name to be suggested as an arrival in January according to reports from abroad.
The 35-year-old has been superb over the years for the Swiss side, helping them become the top side in the country but things haven’t gone to play for him this season, partly because of injuries.
Here we look at THREE reasons why they shouldn’t go through with a move for the ex-PSG man…
He could take time to adapt to the Championship
Boss Sabri Lamouchi is going to want someone to hit the ground running in January because promotion is possible, so bringing in a player proven in England would be beneficial.
Whilst Hoarau is clearly a good player, he hasn’t played in England before and he may take time to get up to speed.
He has struggled for form and fitness this season
Another worry has to be his form in the current campaign.
Hoarau has featured in seven league games but is yet to score. Again, the importance of adapting quickly can’t be understated and if the big striker is in poor form and has been suffering with injuries, you’d have to have doubts about his suitability to Forest.
He is a short-term option
Finally, given his age, Hoarau is clearly a short-term option and whilst you could understand the thinking behind that given Forest’s position, they would be better looking further ahead.
If he fails, the Championship side could be left with an old player who is probably on a decent salary that they will struggle to shift.