Nottingham Forest manager Sabri Lamouchi is likely to be a busy man in January, with a new striker likely to be on the Frenchman’s transfer radar.
The Reds bid farewell to plenty of forwards over the course of the summer, with Hillal Soudani, Jason Cummings, Daryl Murphy and Apostolos Vellios all departing the City Ground.
But Lamouchi was left frustrated after failing to bring in more than one attacking player, with Rafa Mir the only forward coming in to provide backup for Lewis Grabban.
As perhaps expected, Forest have been linked with plenty of strikers with the January window looming – one of those is Dwight Gayle, who has scored 59 goals in a combined total of 100 Championship appearances for both West Brom and Newcastle.
Can you get 15 out of 15 on this Forest quiz?
Having made only three top-flight appearances under Steve Bruce this season, though, the Telegraph claims that the Magpies will look to demand around £15m for Gayle’s services in January, if clubs wish to sign the 29-year-old.
This means that Forest would have to smash their club-record fee to sign Gayle after splashing £13.2m on Joao Carvalho last summer, but whether the former would start ahead of eight-goal striker and current top goalscorer Lewis Grabban is another question.
Lawrence Shankland is another striker who has been linked with a move to Trentside – the Dundee United frontman has scored a sensational 20 goals in 20 games for club and country this season.
Although he might be unproven in the Championship, from a financial perspective, he would be a cheaper option than Gayle, and perhaps wouldn’t be demanding as many starts as the Newcastle man.
With that being said, we take a look at who Forest fans would rather see the club go out and sign…
Myself personally I'd have a proven goalscorer at this level
— captains log (@kirkyboy79) December 3, 2019
Depends on the cost doesn’t it…..Gayle is proven but I don’t think we should pay £15m for a 29 year old. Who when we get up will be surplus anyway
— Tom Leighton (@TomLeighton7) December 3, 2019
— Hatwell (@Hatwell88) December 3, 2019
Gayle no doubt
— Cal🔴⚪️ (@nffccal) December 3, 2019
15m price tag if true no chance. So shackland
— Demuss nffc musson (@DemussDarren) December 3, 2019
Shankland. Really dont see the point of signing Gayle. Can only play 1 out of him and grabbs
— phil Jones (@philJon22056342) December 3, 2019