Forest legend urges Reds to bring in talismanic West Brom frontman

Date published: Wednesday 18th December 2019 2:03

Nottingham Forest legend Kenny Burns has encouraged his former club to go out and acquire the services of Charlie Austin in the upcoming transfer window.

Forest have been struggling in front of goal in recent weeks, losing ground on their promotion rivals after a string of disappointing results.

Burns, who won two European cups at the City Ground, believes the Championship veteran Austin would be an ideal fit for the Forest frontline to play alongside Lewis Grabban.

Burns said: “We are crying out for another striker, so I hope we can get one in quick.

“We need someone to help out with the goals – and in case Lewis Grabban gets injured.

“Dwight Gayle’s name keeps cropping up. But I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Charlie Austin would be my choice to bring in. He gets goals – he scored two for West Brom at the weekend.”

Grabban has scored over a third of Forest’s goals this season with 10, Joe Lolley is next in line with three.

Forest are desperate for reinforcements up top with all 12 clubs in the top half of the table out-scoring them this season.

 

 

Austin has been struggling for a start at the Hawthorns, playing second-fiddle to Hal Robson-Kanu despite being the club’s top scorer in the Championship.

Speaking after Austin’s brace – which led the Baggies to victory over West Midlands neighbours Birmingham City – manager Slaven Bilic told Austin to bide his time at the Hawthorns and earn his place.

Austin is in a rich vein of form scoring six goals in his last five appearances in the Championship – it would take a big offer to prize him away from Albion who signed him from Southampton for £4m in August.

In the league, Forest are without a win in four and find themselves outside of the playoffs for the first time since September.

Forest boss Sabri Lamouchi will be desperate to strengthen in January to get their promotion bid back on track.

 

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