Three soon-to-be-available performers Nottingham Forest should target to solve problem area
By Matt Farr
Nottingham Forest have used three different goalkeepers in their first team this season, amid concerns over fitness and ability.
Vladimir Stojkovic, Stephen Henderson and youngster Jordan Smith have each been handed the No.1 jersey at the City Ground over the course of the season, but the problems still go on.
If Mark Warburton can mastermind Nottingham Forest’s Championship survival this season, he should make it his number one priority to target one of these three soon-to-be-available goalkeepers to solve their problem area.
The 30-year-old would be a superb addition to the Nottingham Forest ranks given his Premier League and international experience.
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Hennessey is out of contract at Crystal Palace at the end of the season, and despite regaining his place in the first-team this season, could still be on the way out in the summer.
With survival also high on the agenda for Hennessey’s Palace, their end of season standing could be a major factor in determining whether the Wales stopper earns a new deal with the club.
But the former Wolves star would be a fantastic, and reliable addition to Warburton’s side, and could bring their goalkeeping woes to a pleasant end.
The West Ham No.2 could also be available in the summer, and should be another key man on Warburton’s summer shortlist.
Formerly the undisputed first-choice goalkeeper at West Ham, Adrian has lost his place in the side to the impressive Darren Randolph, and could quit the club at the end of his contract this summer.
But unlike in east London, there would be no doubt over his role at Nottingham Forest, and he would be considered one of the first names on the team sheet.
As the first-choice regular at Brighton, it remains a strong possibility that the club will reward Stockdale with a fresh deal if they earn promotion to the Premier League this summer.
However, if the 31-year-old is not offered a new deal, Nottingham Forest must pounce.
Stockdale has had ups and downs throughout his career, but he has had three very successful years with Brighton.
From 37 appearances this season he has kept 18 clean sheets, and Nottingham Forest could do with that consistency in between the sticks.
In other Nottingham Forest transfer news, Leeds have joined Forest in the hunt for this Rangers forward.