Forest’s Premier League target makes huge transfer hint

Harry McMullen

Nottingham Forest transfer target Glenn Murray, gave a huge hint on his future last night after throwing his shirt into the stand after Brighton’s defeat to Bournemouth.

The veteran striker was an unused substitute in the game, making his actions the cause of a lot of speculation at the City Ground.

Forest boss Sabri Lamouchi has been linked with a host of strikers as back up to the club’s top scorer Lewis Grabban – with Murray the latest one on the radar.

The Brighton forward has barely featured at the club this season, despite finishing as the club’s leading goalscorer in the last campaign with 13 Premier League goals.

This campaign, Murray is yet to score in his 15 Brighton appearances.

Murray has had to play second-fiddle up front behind Neal Maupay and breakthrough star Aaron Connolly, making a move away more enticing for the striker.

Last night’s actions really felt like a farewell, with the travelling Albion fans chanting his name, as he threw his shirt into the stand.



The 36-year-old would be a great addition to a Forest side pushing for the Premier League, having scored over 200 goals across the four divisions of English football.

However, one obstacle could be Murray not being guaranteed game time for the Reds, unless the ever-present Grabban is injured.

Grabban is pivotal for Forest, with his 15 Championship goals making up 39 per cent of Forest’s total output.

The club are enjoying a rich vein of form at the moment, undefeated in five matches – leaving them five points away form the automatic spots with a game in hand.

Lamouchi has been interested in recruiting a striker since the window opened, with Huddersfield’s Adama Diakhaby and Aston Villa’s Jonathan Kodjia previously on the radar – the latter since moving to the Qatari side Al-Gharafa.

Murray is proven scorer but the lack of game time at the City Ground could be a real put-off factor.

The Reds will be looking to bring in some more personnel, after losing full-back Jack Robinson yesterday to Premier League new boys Sheffield United.