Karim Ansarifard has departed Nottingham Forest, as confirmed on the club’s official website, and Daryl Murphy may be next.

The East Anglian Daily Times has covered Ipswich’s reported interest in taking the Irishman back to Portman Road.

He hasn’t been included in the Forest squad continuing their pre-season preparations in Greece.

It would appear that Murphy is surplus to requirements.

Should he head for the exits, as expected, then the Reds will be down to the bare bones.

Apostolos Vellios has already gone, as has Hillal Soudani.

Ansarifarrd is off to Qatar, while there is surely no clean slate for Jason Cummings.

Lewis Grabban and Tyler Walker are the only senior striking options left.

With the latter having spent last season on loan in League Two with Mansfield.

Deserving

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Des’ boy offered enough while with the Stags to suggest that he is deserving of another chance.

He is, however, unlikely to be the leading man.

And Grabban’s injury record suggests that he won’t be an ever-present in 2019-20.

Forest need more firepower.

That was the case before the deadwood was cast adrift.

It has become even more of a priority now.

And the search parameters are being narrowed.

In an ideal world, the Reds will bring in another proven frontman – preferably one with experience of life in English football.

They could also do with an injection of physicality.

Murphy, and to a lesser degree Ansarifard, brought something different to the fold.

Qualities that may not always get the recognition they deserve, but important ones nonetheless.

Forest are not going to be playing route one under Sabri Lamouchi.

Alternative

 

There are going to be times, though, when they need an out ball or an option on the bench to rough opponents up.

Somebody to get on the end of the crosses that the likes of Joe Lolley and Albert Adomah will hopefully provide.

Grabban and Walker can play the role of the archetypal ‘fox in the box’, but an alternative is required.

A younger, more mobile version of Murphy would be great.

It has been noted that former Hull City striker Abel Hernandez, who Sportdog once claimed was a target for Aitor Karanka, is now a free agent.

Maybe the 28-year-old Uruguayan is an option worth exploring.

Perhaps Lamouchi already has his eye on better.

The Frenchman certainly needs to get some bodies on board in the final third.

And it might be useful if at least one of those is stockier than some of the others.