Nottingham Forest must avoid signing Rudy Gestede from Middlesbrough

According to the Nottingham Post, Middlesbrough’s Rudy Gestede is on the shortlist of potential strikers to replace Ben Brereton at Nottingham Forest, but Aitor Karanka should avoid signing the Benin international.

What’s the story?

Forest were the Championship’s big spenders during this summer’s transfer window, with Karanka making 13 additions to his squad at a cost of over £20m.

Striker Lewis Grabban was brought in from Bournemouth at a cost of £6m and Forest’s transfer record was broken with the capture of Joao Carvalho for £13.2m from Portuguese giants Benfica.

However, England U19 international Brereton was allowed to leave for Championship rivals Blackburn in a deal that could be worth up to £7m, according to the BBC, as Karanka seemingly targets short term success over player development.

Goal shy

The Nottingham Post reports that Forest are still hoping to sign at least one more striker to bolster their attacking options though before the loan and free agent window closes on August 31.

Signing Gestede though would be a mistake for Forest, as the club need goals having netted just seven in their first five games despite the money spent.

The 6ft 4in front man has only scored six goals in 41 appearances for Boro since joining the club from Aston Villa in January 2017. Karanka should be looking for a far more prolific striker than the man who is valued at £5.4m by Transfermarkt.

So, Forest fans, do you think the club should sign Gestede before the deadline? Have your say in our poll below.