New Nottingham Forest boss Aitor Karanka has wasted no time since being appointed as manager, and has already identified two players he would like to bring to the City Ground, according to a report.
The Northern Echo claim that the former Middlesbrough manager has identified Adam Clayton and Patrick Bamford as his top priorities.
Karanka has previously managed both players at the Riverside, suggesting that the Spanish manager trusts in their abilities.
Nottingham Forest do possess quality amongst their ranks, however it is expected that Karanka will make a couple of signings to push towards the play-off places.
It was Karanka who signed Clayton in 2014 whilst at Boro, and he featured heavily in his team selections – however it is reported that any deal for Bamford is likely to be a loan-deal.
Football Insider verdict:
It is no surpirse that Aitor Karanka is looking to players that he knows will bring an immediate impact as he looks to sure up the Forest squad. Karanka managed Boro for four years, and even took them to the Premier League before being sacked in 2017. The players identified were integral to that Premier League push – so it is a statement of intent from the Spanish manager as he begins his Forest career. Forest are stretched thin – so a few quality signings would add much needed competition for starting places amongst the squad, who are seemingly safe from relegation.
In other Nottingham Forest transfer news, it has been reported that a host of Premier League clubs are interested in this FA Cup hero.