Martyn Waghorn's Ipswich Town move robbed Nottingham Forest of thrilling partnership?

Mark Warburton, manager of Nottingham Forest looks on prior to the Carabao Cup First Round match between Nottingham Forest and Shrewsbury Town at the City Ground on August 8, 2017 in...

Nottingham Forest manager Mark Warburton had hoped to reunite with former Rangers attacker Martyn Waghorn.

Mark Warburton, manager of Nottingham Forest looks on prior to the Carabao Cup First Round match between Nottingham Forest and Shrewsbury Town at the City Ground on August 8, 2017 in...

Nottingham Forest manager Mark Warburton only managed to complete the signing of one of his former Rangers favourites this summer, Barrie McKay a snip of a signing at just £500,000 (BBC).

This was not for a lack of trying, however. According to The Mail, Warburton was hoping of bringing Martyn Waghorn with him to the City Ground once the summer window opened. Though the one-time Sunderland youngster wasn’t always a first-team regular under Warburton, he was one of Rangers’ most threatening attacking players during the 55-year-old’s year-and-a-half spell at Ibrox.

Waghorn scored a stunning 28 goals in 36 games in 2015/16, firing Rangers back into the top flight for the first time since their 2012 demotion and ended the following campaign with a respectable 16 in 41.

Martyn Waghorn of Rangerss controls the ball during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match between Celtic and Rangers at Hampden Park on April 23, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Forest missed out to Championship rivals Ipswich Town, however, with manager Mick McCarthy claiming that his side paid ‘nowhere near’ the mooted £1 million asking price for the 27-year-old attacker, per the Daily Record.

However much Ipswich paid, Waghorn is already looking like a bargain. He has six goals in six Championship starts and is a major reason why a side tipped to struggle at the start of the season are currently the joint top scoring side in the second tier.

Martyn Waghorn of Ipswich celebrates scoring his sides third goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Millwall and Ipswich Town at The Den on August 15, 2017 in London, England.

They’ve hit 20 goals already in 2017/18 – quite an achievement considering it took them until late-December to manage such a tally last time out.

Forest, then, could only dream of a thrilling partnership of McKay and Waghorn at the City Ground.

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