Nottingham Forest pursued strikers all summer long but failed to get one in through the door before the transfer window closed – although it wasn’t for the want of trying.
The Tricky Trees will have to last up until January with just Lyle Taylor and Lewis Grabban to select from but according to The Athletic, they failed in a bid to bring Aston Villa forward Keinan Davis to the City Ground.
The 23-year-old has yet to appear for Villa this season in any competition due to injury, but last season he played 15 times in the Premier League and netted once in a 2-2 draw against Midlands rivals West Bromwich Albion.
With game-time set to be limited though thanks to the signing of Danny Ings, Forest are said to have pursued the striker – only to be knocked back by Dean Smith’s side.
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Davis was not the only striker that The Athletic named that Forest failed to acquire, with deals for Paul Mukairu of Antalyaspor and Dinamo Zagreb’s Sandro Kulenovic – who has just joined NK Lokomotiva on loan – also failed to be completed.
It is a shame that Forest couldn’t seal a deal for Davis as he’s not likely to be getting much football at Villa Park this season.
Davis does offer something different to a Danny Ings or an Ollie Watkins, however he won’t learn much sitting on the sidelines.
He really needs a full season as a leading Championship striker now to really kick on and perhaps in January when he’s fully fit a deal could be re-addressed.
For Forest though they are going into the next few months of the campaign with just two out-and-out strikers and who are both over the age of 30 – that isn’t a good sign and Chris Hughton will be hoping that neither get struck down by injury which would mess up his plans even more.