Date: 18th July 2019 at 11:45am
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Nottingham Forest are still on the hunt for a new centre-forward following the departures of Karim Ansarifard, Apostolos Vellios and Hillal Soudani. The Reds could be offloading Daryl Murphy this summer too. Sabri Lamouchi currently has Sammy Ameobi, Tyler Walker and Lewis Grabban to choose from, but he’s also looking at a striker from the Dutch Eredivisie – Bjorn Johnsen.

According to Pete O’Rourke of the Football Insider, Forest could battle Barnsley for the 27-year-old’s signature. Johnsen rose to prominence after impressing in the Eredivisie. He first joined ADO Den Haag in 2017 and contributed 22 goals in 37 games (in all comps) before switching to AZ Alkmaar.

The Norwegian international only has six goals in 22 league games for AZ, however, and has racked up just 845 minutes of football. Johnsen has struggled for opportunities at the AFAS Stadion and netted only one goal in the last three months of the 2018/19 campaign. He’s spent the majority of his time at AZ on the bench and could be offloaded as a result.

Whether he’d actually improve the Forest side remains to be seen, as Johnsen has scored more than six league goals in only one of the last four seasons. Lamouchi should turn his attentions elsewhere.

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