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Nottingham Forest face battle to keep hold of key man as transfer interest intensifies

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Nottingham Forest could sell Lewis Grabban to Al Duhail before their transfer deadline closes tomorrow.

The Qatari outfit are managed by former Reds boss Sabri Lamouchi, who knows all about the striker after his very productive spell for Forest last season.

And, Telegraph reporter John Percy has revealed that a deal could be struck in the next 24 hours, with Qatari clubs having until then to buy players.

Of course, any deal would be a blow for Forest as Grabban has been a key figure since joining the club, scoring 36 goals over the past two years in the Championship. However, he has struggled this term, failing to find the net in seven games.

Should the East Midlands side cash in on the 32-year-old, they would be unable to sign a replacement until January, which would leave Lyle Taylor as the main striker for Chris Hughton.

It had been reported that there was strong interest in Grabban from Qatar earlier this year and he was handed the captaincy in a bid to show how appreciated he was at the City Ground.

The verdict

This is very surprising news but it shows just how much Lamouchi rates the ex-Bournemouth man and it could be a very interesting day ahead for Forest.

On the one hand, financially it may be hard to resist and Grabban may want the move if a significant wage is on the table.

But, being unable to sign a replacement means sanctioning this sale would be a huge risk considering Hughton will want depth up top to push for promotion.

Thoughts? Let us know in the comments below.


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