Date: 17th January 2020 at 8:00am
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Looks like we’re slowly running out of options.

Not only have they been met with pushback when it comes to recalling Tyler Walker from Lincoln City (Lincolnshire Live via Nottinghamshire Live), but it also appears as though they won’t be able to go for an experienced option either, as their moves attempts to sign Glenn Murray from Premier League side Brighton and Hove Albion.

The Reds have found themselves linked with the 36-year-old in recent days, but even though they are making a ‘strong move’, Brighton boss Graham Potter said yesterday that he doesn’t think it is a deal that he would allow to happen on his watch. When asked to comment on the recent reports linking Murray, his answer was pretty straightforward:

“I doubt it.”

Let’s just hope that those weren’t Nottingham Forest’s first choice targets, otherwise I’d start to get a little bit worried, but the fact that we’re already through two potential targets should be something to set alarm bells ringing.

I suppose the good thing is that they have made their stances on the matter clear at this stage of the window, rather than closer to the deadline, but it’s still not a great sign of things to come.

I’ve said before that Forest’s approach of playing the long game is something that worries me, with a recent report in The Athletic saying that the club expect business to pick up a lot later in the window, but that lapsed attitude can only serve to backfire on the club. Not only because their potential targets can go elsewhere, but every game that passes by is a game that a new signing could have played in and had an impact on.

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And with Forest teetering on the brink of the playoffs as things stand, every single point is going to count from here until the end of the season, and they’re taking a big risk in leaving signings this late.

 
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