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.
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.
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.