Forest target double forward signing to boost promotion bid

Harry McMullen

Nottingham Forest have reportedly opened talks with Aston Villa and Huddersfield Town over the possible acquisition of strikers Jonathan Kodjia and Adama Diakhaby.

The pair would initially be brought in on loan, with the view to a permanent transfer in the summer should they impress Forest boss Sabri Lamouchi.

Lamouchi’s side are well and truly in the promotion picture this season – five points off the automatic spots with a game in hand.

According to The Sun, Forest are reported to have contacted Aston Villa and Huddersfield Town last week over taking the out-of-favour pair out on loan.

Kodjia has barely played in Villa’s Premier League campaign, even though Villa were without first-choice striker Wesley for several weeks.

The Villa forward has experience in the Championship – scoring 47 goals in the second tier for Bristol City and current employers Aston Villa.

Likewise, Huddersfield winger Adama Diakhaby is not getting minutes at the John Smith’s Stadium and is yet to live up to the £8m Huddersfield paid for the Frenchman last season.



The former France Under-21 has only assisted twice this campaign and is yet to hit double figures for the Terriers.

Diakhaby has not featured since the end of November and a loan move away could benefit both clubs and the winger.

Lamouchi has expressed his need for more offensive options as a back up for striker Lewis Grabban who is the club’s only out-and-out goal threat with 15 goals to his name.

Grabban has scored 39 per cent of the Reds’ goals in the league and should the forward become injured, the club would have serious offensive problems.

The report suggests that the two will be brought in on loan initially which could turn in to a permanent move should the pair impress.

Forest will be looking to get the deals over the line quickly, as they have a difficult run of fixtures coming up in January and February.

The Reds play first, second and third place in January with Leeds, Brentford and West Brom on the agenda – whether Kodjia or Diakhaby are involved remains to be seen.