Forest eyeing up move on Championship target man

Date published: Thursday 2nd January 2020 1:58

Nottingham Forest are set to make a January swoop for Birmingham City striker Lukas Jutkiewicz, it is claimed. 

Forest are desperate for a backup striker to support the talismanic Lewis Grabban at the City Ground and the Blues’ striker could be the perfect fit, according to The Athletic.
Grabban has already netted 14 times for the Reds, a whopping 41% of Forest’s goal tally in the league – but without him in the side, the team look lost in front of goal.

Forest boss Sabri Lamouchi brought in Rafa Mir on loan from Wolves earlier in the season but the former Valencia man is yet to hit the ground running – leading Forest to explore other attacking options like Jutkiewicz.

Reports claim that Jutkiewicz, who has seven goals for Birmingham City in an average campaign for the striker, is on the radar at the City Ground.

With Birmingham struggling this season, prising Jutkiewicz away from St Andrew’s would be quite a task for Forest.

Pep Clotet’s side have struggled to build any momentum this season following the departure of club top scorer Che Adams in the summer for £15m – another Forest target coincidently.

Meanwhile Forest have hit form at just the right time, winning three on the spin over the Christmas period, propelling them into fourth place.

 

 

Birmingham sit in a lowly 18th and letting their best attacking asset leave may be a little too risky with the trap door not too distant.

Forest will be hoping to get their transfer business organised as early as possible, as they have some winnable fixtures coming up in January.

The Reds take on Chelsea in the FA Cup third round before playing strugglers Luton and then Reading twice, in the league.

With a second striker signed or not, Lamouchi will be hoping to take a possible nine points from nine.

 

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