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How Nottingham Forest’s XI could look if all the latest Reds transfer rumours materialised

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It has been a quiet start to the January transfer window for Nottingham Forest, with Sabri Lamouchi yet to add to his playing squad ahead of the second-half of the campaign.

The Reds currently sit fifth in the Sky Bet Championship table, eight points off the top two with a game in hand, therefore additions will need to be made if they are to maintain their promotion push.

With Rafa Mir returning to parent club Wolves on Tuesday night, Lewis Grabban is now their only out-and-out centre-forward, and cover will now need to be brought in for the leading goalscorer before the deadline.

There are other areas of the pitch that may need freshening up too, with a winger and a new central midfielder also believed to be on the Reds’ transfer radar.

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Naturally, plenty of names have been linked with a move to the City Ground this month, but it is crucial that Lamouchi doesn’t sign players for the sake of it, and that he identifies the best possible options for the club.

Here, we take a look at how Forest’s XI could look if these transfer rumours materialised…

Whilst a new midfielder, winger and forward may be on Forest’s radar, there isn’t likely to be any changes to the defence, which has performed really well for the majority of the campaign.

Brice Samba is arguably one of the best goalkeepers in the division, and Matty Cash, Joe Worrall, Tobias Figueiredo and Yuri Ribeiro will all start if fit and available for Lamouchi after an impressive campaign thus far.

Moving into midfield, though, is where we might see our first addition, with The Athletic recently claiming that Barnsley’s Alex Mowatt is a player who Forest like the look of.

The 24-year-old has scored three goals and produced seven assists for the Tykes in their bid for survival this season, but is out-of-contract in the summer and could be set for a move away this month.

He is a similar type of player to Tiago Silva – a player who can in behind the striker or slightly deeper if needs be, and he has that little bit of bite in the middle of the park that would make him a perfect player in Lamouchi’s 4-2-3-1 system.

Moving into the final third, and another player that has been linked with a move to the City Ground is Sheffield United’s Luke Freeman, as per reports from Football Insider.

The 27-year-old only signed for the Blades in the summer, on the back of scoring nine goals and producing eight assists for QPR in all competitions last season.

But since his move to Bramall Lane, the attacking midfielder has found regular game time hard to come by in the Premier League, making only three starting appearances in the top-flight.

It would be a real coup to lure him to the East Midlands and he would be a very useful option for Lamouchi. The midfielder can play as a number 10 or out wide on the right flank, and is lethal with his left foot.

If Joao Carvalho leaves the club this month, then Freeman would be a ready-made replacement for the Portuguese midfielder.

There is only one position on fans’ lips, though, and that is up top where Forest will need to bring in another face and provide cover for Lewis Grabban.

A host of striker have been linked with a move to the City Ground, but Forest are said to be leading the race for Aston Villa’s Jonathan Kodjia.

The Ivorian is yet to make a starting appearance in the Premier League this season, but is a proven goalscorer at Championship level who is also able to play out wide.

It is highly unlikely that any striker will come in and take Lewis Grabban’s place in the team, so Kodjia would have to work hard and potentially start as a back-up option first.

Nevertheless, he’d be an exciting player to have at the club, and it would be a big statement of intent to lure him to Forest.


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