Date: 31st May 2019 at 9:30am
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Karim Ansarifard struggled for form and playing time in his debut season at Nottingham Forest, with both Aitor Karanka and Martin O’Neill never giving him a prolonged run of games to prove his worth. The 29-year-old joined Forest on a free transfer in November 2018 and has gone on to make 12 appearances in all competitions, racking up a paltry 287 minutes of football.

Ansarifard could find himself behind Lewis Grabban, Daryl Murphy, Hilal Soudani and Tyler Walker next season which would limit his minutes on the pitch. The Iranian international is in the last year of his contract at the City Ground and may not be handed an extension if he can’t nail down a spot in the senior squad next season.

The Forest striker has been linked with a move to Rangers and linked with a move to Hamburger SV this summer which O’Neill may be considering if the price is right. Ansarifard didn’t cost the Reds a penny in 2018, but the East Midlands club could make a profit if multiple clubs are competing for his signature.

With so many strikers fighting for one place in the side next season, O’Neill should consider offloading Ansarifard as he’s started only three Championship games in six months.

Read Crippy Cooke’s previous article

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