Forest finally end striker search with Ligue 1 star’s signing imminent

Date published: Monday 27th January 2020 3:52 - Nestor Watach

Nottingham Forest‘s long search to add a striker could be set to come to an end with reports emerging that Strasbourg’s Nuno Da Costa will sign a contract with the club very soon.

France-based journalist Benjamin Quarez broke the news on Monday afternoon, suggesting that an announcement for the 28-year-old Cape Verdean forward’s signing is imminent.

Forest chief Sabri Lamouchi has gone on the record saying he wants to bolster his attacking options, although any new recruit will have their work cut out to usurp their current in-form striker Lewis Grabban.

Football League veteran Grabban, 32, has scored 14 goals for Forest this season and has looked particularly potent in front of goal in recent weeks with eight goals in his last ten appearances.

“I know it is not easy for them to find players or, perhaps, to find the right deal,” Lamouchi told The Athletic earlier in the month.

“Because Forest are not the only club looking for a striker in the window. It is not simple, it is not easy. We will be patient and we will trust. The people at the club will find us players.

“The priority for me is to find a player with the perfect profile to make a combination with Grabban; to play with him or to play alone.

“If he can play as a winger as well, that is much better, because that would give me more options.”

The club have been linked with a number of different forwards in recent weeks, with Nahki Wells – recently recalled by Burnley after scoring 13 goals in 26 games for QPR this season – alongside the likes of Dwight Gayle, Glenn Murray and Jonathan Kodjia.

News first emerged of interest in Da Costa in the French press last week, and has ramped up ever since.

He’s scored 14 goals in 74 Ligue 1 appearances for Strasbourg since joining in 2017, but has just one goal this season.

“Transfer to Nottingham Forest,” the journalist’s tweet reads.

“Striker Nuno Da Costa from Strasbourg should be settled in the coming hours.”



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