This article is part of Football FanCast’s Transfer Focus series, which provides opinion and analysis on recent transfer news…
Looks like Nottingham Forest are finally ready to call for the cavalry.
According to Greek outlet SDNA, Nottingham Forest are keeping track of Olympiacos forward Hugo Cuypers.
The 22-year-old is currently on loan at French side AC Ajaccio, but given the ‘partnership’ between Forest and Olympiacos based off the owner, bringing him to the City Ground might not be all that hard to work out.
If you take a look at his record, 32 goals in 54 career appearances he clearly knows where the goal is, even if they haven’t exactly come against the most difficult of opponents.
With a value of just £270k according to Transfermarkt, they wouldn’t be taking too big of a risk in bringing him to the City Ground. What the key part of this transfer would be though, is that it would give them an opportunity to take some of the pressure off main centre-forward Lewis Grabban from time to time.
And at the age of just 22, they can use those brief appearances to help mould him into someone for the future as they gradually phase the 31-year-old Grabban out.
Whilst the future would represent the biggest part of this deal, it cannot be underestimated just how important it is that Grabban gets some help up top to score the goals.
Whilst they have Rafa Mir and to an extent Sammy Ameobi already on the books, if they can find a reliable backup centre-forward to help take the club forward, then they won’t have to worry about protecting their first choice as much going forward.
David Prutton spoke the other day about how Nottingham Forest’s league position come the January transfer window could be a great incentive for players to want to join the club if they find themselves so close to the Premier League. That’s something that could play a key role in landing Cuypers.
His goals in place of Grabban might be that last piece of the puzzle that pushes Sabri Lamouchi and his men over the line.