Date: 26th March 2019 at 5:00pm
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Nottingham Forest still have a chance to strengthen their squad to boost their playoff bid this season, with the free transfer window open until 5pm on March 28. With the Reds having scored one or less goals in five of their last six Championship games, Martin O’Neill could look into signing a prolific striker.

According to Section 6 of the EFL rules and regulations, regulation 43.3 states that clubs need to submit new registration of a player to the league before ‘5pm on the fourth Thursday of March’. Regulation 67.9.3 states players will only be eligible to play if their contract didn’t expire during a closed period.

Good strikers are slim pickings, however, with Joe Mason and Obafemi Martins and being the most notable free transfers who are available. Brown Ideye was on the list, but he looks set to join Trabzonspor. The only other position Forest could strengthen is on the wing.

O’Neill has Diogo Goncalves, Matty Cash, Joe Lolley and Ben Osborn, but Goncalves has struggled for form and playing time while Cash is still building up his fitness after an injury. Former Stoke midfielder Ibrahim Afellay is a free agent but is reportedly training with PSV while ex-Middlesbrough wide-man Carlos de Pena is available but has been linked with University of Sports.

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