Nottingham Forest should be at the front of the queue to sign Oliver Burke in January

Earlier this month it was reported that West Bromwich Albion are ready to loan out former Nottingham Forest winger Oliver Burke during the January transfer window, and given the club’s recent problems in front of goal they should be at the front of the queue to bring him back to the City Ground next month.

What’s the word, then?

Well, The Express and Star reported at the beginning of December that the Baggies will consider loan offers for the out-of-favour 21-year-old because of a lack of game time, even though ideally Darren Moore wants him for the second-half of the season for a promotion push.

The west Midlands outfit signed the 5-cap Scotland international in a £15m deal from RB Leipzig last summer, but less than 18 months into his five-year contract he could already be sent out on a temporary basis to aid his development.

Burke burst onto the scene with Forest by scoring six goals and providing a further three assists in 31 outings before moving to Germany, where he netted once and provided two assists in 26 appearances in all competitions for Leipzig.

Why should Forest sign him?

While the Reds enjoyed a fine run of form that propelled them into the play-off positions, they also went three successive matches without scoring in December to show that they still have a lack of creativity and goals at times.

Some of the goalscoring burden certainly needs to be taken off of the likes of Lewis Grabban and Joe Lolley, and while Burke has found first-team football hard to come by at The Hawthorns, he still has the ability to make a big difference in the final third.

The fact that he is available on loan makes it even more tempting, although they could face a battle to convince a fellow promotion contender to let them have a player who could potentially help them reach the Premier League.