Forest striker chase too ambitious; Leeds transfer latest

Stephen Pickering gives his opinion on the top news stories of the day. Nottingham Forest, West Bromwich Albion and Leeds United are involved.

The big transfer story from the Football League was the news that Nottingham Forest was going to offer an 'ambitious' package together for West Bromwich Albion striker Shane Long.   

I couldn't help but feel for Nottingham Forest fans, who collectively along with the rest of the football world shook their head at the supposed rumour. Now, the source of the rumour is fairly credible and assuming that the links are true, I feel that it's a serious state of delusion on the part of the Nottingham Forest recruitment team. 

The striker is out-of-contract in the summer, but has no-end of Premier League suitors reportedly after his signature, including his current employers.

However, Nottingham Forest are apparently ready to offer the striker a 35k-a-week bumper deal to secure his services in January.

I'm struggling to envisage a scenario where Shane Long would be willing to drop a division, when clearly there is no-need too.

The striker is currently a regular for West Brom side and despite them having just sacked their manager, he is considered to still be a part of their future plans.

I hope for the fans sake that they don't spend their time chasing a ghost and end up with egg on their face at the end of the transfer window. Ambition is good, heads in the clouds is not.


Leeds United have apparently opened talks to bring back their influential winger Max Gradel, which would be a fantastic move for the club.

Max Gradel's career has petered out in France and he is apparently looking for a way out, and Brian McDermott has scrambled to the top of the pile in the hope of bringing the player back to Elland Road.

The 26-year-old Ivory Coast international has found first-team opportunities hard to come by this season, only making the first eleven on one occasion. He has netted twice in Ligue 1, despite the lack of pitch time, showing he still has the ability to be an asset and his ability hasn't dried up.

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