According to a recent report from The Sun, Nottingham Forest are one of several sides interested in a January move for Jermain Defoe. The 36-year-old currently plays his football at Premier League outfit Bournemouth and has done so since leaving Sunderland back in 2017, although a lack of regular game time under Eddie Howe this season has called his future at the club into question.
And reports suggest that Aitor Karanka’s Forest, alongside the likes of Crystal Palace, Sheffield United, and Wigan Athletic, are interested in landing the £2.25 million-rated hotshot (as per Transfermarkt), and were the Reds to indeed get a deal done for Defoe, they would take some serious stopping in the Championship this season.
Ultimately, the East Midlands giants look set to be challenging at the right end of the Championship table under the stewardship of ex-Middlesbrough chief Karanka this season, what with his team sat seventh in the division after 21 games of the campaign.
And with just nine points between Forest in seventh and Norwich City at the summit of the table, there really isn’t much to choose between those sides vying for promotion to the Premier League – January looks set to be vital for those teams.
And while Forest’s tally of 32 goals scored is more than the likes of Derby County and Middlesbrough ahead of them, 14 of those have come from striker Lewis Grabban to suggest that they have been slightly reliant on his goals so far, and as such could be between now and May.
The fact that no other Forest player has reached double figures yet, with Joe Lolley second in the top-scorers charts with six, further underlines that reliance, which is why Karanka should be looking to take the weight off Grabban’s shoulders in January – Defoe is the man to do just that.
The 36-year-old may have struggled for regular football at Bournemouth following his move there in 2017, but his goal-scoring record throughout his career speaks for itself given he has netted 163 goals in the Premier League, excelling for the likes of Tottenham, Portsmouth, and Sunderland in the top tier.
As such, he possesses exactly the sort of predatory instincts and makes the intelligent runs needed to bag regularly in the second tier – he is exactly the sort of striker any side chasing promotion would want in their side.
And while Grabban is undoubtedly the main man in the striking department at the City Ground, further depth is evidently needed given the sheer volume of goals he has scored, and as such the lack being contributed in any other areas of the squad – an injury to Grabban could derail Forest’s promotion push.
And that’s why a move for Defoe in January is so important, as luring him to the East Midlands would not only enhance Forest’s promotion credentials, but it would leave Karanka’s men taking some serious stopping in their pursuit of a top-flight return.
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