The main area Forest need to make additions in this summer

Nottingham Forest need to attempt to purchase a clinical front-man this summer.

Nottingham Forest's face a difficult transfer window, but there is one area of improvement they must target more than any other in their squad.

The Reds are limited in what they can do in terms of incoming players, as they are currently under a transfer embargo, but the urgent need for them is to bring in a striker. 

Forest are restricted in that they can only sign loanees and free agents, but Dougie Freedman will need to be intelligent and bring in a marksman over the summer.

This is largely due to the fact that Britt Assombalonga is out injured until, at least, midway through the 2015-16 campaign with a knee injury. 

The Congolese striker has been in blistering form in his first season at the City Ground, scoring 15 goals in 32 games, and replacing him will be tough, but it will be Forest's most important addition. 

At the moment the Reds have Matty Fryatt, Dexter Blackstock and Lars Veldwijk at their disposal to use up front, but there is a feeling that none of the trio are prolific enough to be relied on for the duration of the season.

Freedman clearly believes that, and his signing of Chuba Akpom on loan from Arsenal suggests that he is not entirely happy with his striking options.

The addition of Akpom is an exciting one, but it remains a short-term solution and a more permanent addition may be required in the summer.

Also on Forest's wishlist in the next transfer window will be a centre-back. With Jamaal Lascelles heading off to Newcastle United, there is a need for a new defender to be purchased to fill the void that his departure leaves.

The Reds have a number of centre-backs currently in their squad, but they have failed to find a regular pairing at the heart of their defence - due to injury and poor form - and Freedman will want a more reliable performer for next season. 

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