Nottingham Forest can still bolster their ranks in the free agent market, with the lack of depth in the City Ground striking pool causing some concern.

That is not a new issue for the Reds.

Throughout the summer window, it was expected at some point that a frontman would be targeted.

Rafa Mir arrived on loan from Wolves, but is more of a forward than an out-and-out goal-getter.

Which leaves Forest with Lewis Grabban.

Great responsibility is being placed on his broad shoulders.

If he were to get injured – as was the case last season – then what?

Is Mir – or Sammy Ameobi, if Lamouchi wanted to get creative – capable of leading a top-six bid?

And even if faith were to be shown there, then where is the back-up?

Exploring

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Picking up somebody for nothing remains an option worth exploring.

Sabri Lamouchi is, however, not convinced that there is much value to be found.

He has said in the Nottingham Post: “It is difficult. It was difficult to find one before and it’s more difficult to find one now.

“If the player is free, there is some reason for that.

“If you take someone now, they need to add value to the group.”

A very valid point, but there is more to ‘value’ than a starting berth.

Forest do not need someone to step into the starting XI, they need alternatives.

That is not to say that they should snap up any old striker.

If it were merely a case of having bodies on board then the decision could have been taken to keep the likes of Daryl Murphy and Jason Cummings around.

Tyler Walker could also have been retained.

Discussions

 

Forest do not have the option of bringing him back from a season-long spell at Lincoln until the New Year.

Lamouchi has said: “We have reflected on this, but unfortunately he can come back just in January, not before.

“It is good to see him doing well, of course.

“Tyler in Lincoln is doing well, so that is one example of the benefit of going on loan.”

When sanctioning a switch for Walker, the intention was that he would not be seen again until the summer of 2020.

With that in mind, why couldn’t another short-term deal be done elsewhere?

Anyone still splashing around in the free agent pool is in no position to dictate discussions.

If they want to find a contract and earn some money, then they need to take what is offered.

Forest hold all of the cards, they perhaps just need to look a little harder for that much sought-after value.