Freedman confirms he tried to sign experienced striker before completing Akpom deal

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Nottingham Forest had looked to do a deal for an experienced striker, before moving for Arsenal's Chuba Akpom.

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman has confirmed at his press conference today that he tried to bring in a more experienced frontman before moving for Chuba Akpom.

Akpom joined Forest on loan from Arsenal last Thursday and his arrival has generated a lot of excitement around the City Ground, but it seems that the 18-year-old was not the club's first choice.

Freedman had actually identified a more experienced striker as his top target, but was unable to force a deal over the line and ended up moving for Akpom.

Despite Freedman's comments, there are still high hopes for the Arsenal loanee at Forest, with the rapid frontman tipped to enhance the Championship side's attacking threat considerably.

Akpom has pace, power and strength at his disposal and he should be able to help Forest stretch defences in their remaining matches of the season.

The England youth international has joined a Forest side in form, but he could be required to go straight into their first-team squad on Friday when they take on Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Freedman confirmed that Matty Fryatt was set to miss out against Wolves, and Akpom could well come into the Scot's thinking, as he competes for a spot in Forest's line-up with Dexter Blackstock.

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