According to a weekend report in The Sun, Hull City boss Steve Bruce is looking to offload Sone Aluko in January as the forward nears the end of his contract with the club.
The Nigeria international’s deal at the KC Stadium runs out in the summer, and getting him off the wage bill in January seems like a logical decision considering his status at the club.
Aluko is a very able player, capable of playing in a range of attacking positions and boasting a solid turn of pace, trickery in tight areas and a decent finish in-front of goal.
But he has managed just five Championship starts this season, struggling to break through into the team over the likes of Abel Hernandez, Chuba Akpom, Shaun Maloney and Mohamed Diame.
With Robert Snodgrass also returning from a lengthy injury, Aluko’s first-team chances grow slimmer.
It would be best for all parties involved should a January deal materialise, and one club currently short on attacking options and in a pickle regarding transfers is fellow Championship side Nottingham Forest.
The East Midlands outfit currently sit in 15th position in the table, seven points adrift of the playoffs but on a decent run of form including three wins in their last five matches.
The playoffs is a realistic goal for the Reds, yet they need to boost their attacking options in January and certainly with players capable of playing in wide areas such is their lack of options.
Forest’s transfer embargo means they cannot buy players, yet they are able to bring players in on loan.
Loaning Aluko ahead of his contract expiry would make sense all round, as Hull could get him off the wage bill why Forest could take a decent look at him ahead of any potential permanent deal in the summer.
The 26-year-old has Premier League experience, he has plenty of time on his side but above all he has decent quality and a creative spark which Forest desperately need at present.
Dougie Freedman’s men have scored just 20 goals this season, and right now central midfielder Ben Osborn is currently playing in a wide left role due to the lack of options at the City Ground.