Many at Nottingham Forest will have been left scratching their heads today after a report surfaced in the Express and Star detailing how the Reds were eyeing a move for former West Bromwich Albion striker Brown Ideye ahead of this summer.
The Nigerian striker is best remembered for being something of a transfer flop after putting in a series of lackluster showings during his time at the Hawthorns between 2014 and 2015, with the player notching a paltry seven goals during his time in the Midlands.
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Since leaving the Baggies, the 31-year-old has refound his scoring boots to some effect, with a semi-prolific spell at Greek giants Olympiacos having seen his stock rise somewhat over the past few years, although that period was then followed by uninspiring moves to Tianjin Teda in China and Malaga in Spain.
Now plying his trade for Aris Thessaloniki back in Greece, the towering frontman has notched nine goals across all competitions this term, thus seeing Forest among other clubs sit up and take notice of a player who’s contract expires this summer.
To many however, a move for the 31-year-old wouldn’t make much sense for Sabri Lamouchi to make, with Forest already possessing the likes of Lewis Grabban, Nuno da Costa and Tyler Walker up top, they could well be on a road to nowhere by pursuing a move for Ideye.
Given Forest’s free flowing style of play under Lamouchi, it would be hard to imagine how the lumbering figure of Ideye could fit into the way the Frenchman wants his side to play football, particularly as the 31-year-old isn’t adept at running in behind and stretching opposition defenses.
Put simply, Ideye thrives off playing in a side which operates with more of a direct style, with a high majority of his goals over the last few season coming within the boundaries of the six yard box.
Although a move for the striker would be viable due to his contractual status, many of the City Ground faithful would no doubt see it as a gamble on a player who failed to make a lasting impact during his last spell in English football, perhaps suggesting that Lamouchi should think twice before making his move for the player.
The confidence and situation involving Walker should also be considered by the Forest boss, with the 23-year-old already out of favour at the City Ground, Ideye’s move could well see him sink even further down the pecking order up top.
In short, it is fair to say that Forest should cast their net wide before making a move for a player who has largely flatted to deceive over the last few years.
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