Freedman: Negotiations for new striker will test me in key area

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Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman believes talks for a new forward will test his ability to convince targets over the club's potential.

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman has told Forest Player what he feels is going to test his metal as a manager over the next couple of weeks.

Freedman has confirmed that the club are in talks for a striker signing to come in and boost the side over the rest of the season.

However, he’s wary of the tough test he has ahead of him to convince the player in question that Forest is where he needs to be playing his football.

“We're getting closer (to signing a striker) but there's fierce competition out there right now, real fierce competition,” said Freedman.

“This will really test my talks that I give to players and really test what the club's about in terms of how quickly we can move on certain things.”

Freedman has done a brilliant job since he came to the club in place of Stuart Pearce and there has been evidence that the boss has had an impact in terms of the way he talks to players.

Forest seem to be playing a brand of football which is based around having extra freedom and that will have come from the manager.

He gets the best out of players in key positions and is very clear over what he expects from his squad in terms of how they represent the club.

The big test for Freedman in relation to transfers is going to be the challenge he has to improve things this summer.

Forest’s hands are tied to a certain extent by the transfer embargo, which currently surrounds the side and it will be interesting to see who he targets and how he goes about it as a result.

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