Should Nottingham Forest join Sunderland in race for Danny Ward?

Mark Warburton manager of Nottingham Forest looks on during the pre season friendly match between Nottingham Forest and Burnley at the City Ground on July 29, 2017 in Nottingham, England.

Nottingham Forest are reportedly keen on strengthening their goalkeeper options, so perhaps a Sunderland target should be on their radar.

Mark Warburton manager of Nottingham Forest looks on during the pre season friendly match between Nottingham Forest and Burnley at the City Ground on July 29, 2017 in Nottingham, England.

According to a recent report from The Sun on Sunday (print edition; 19th November 2017; page 65), Mark Warburton is looking to bolster his goalkeeper options at Nottingham Forest by targeting a move for Fulham's Marcus Bettinelli during the January transfer window, having failed to sign him in the summer due to his £5 million price-tag.

Bettinelli has arguably endured a mixed time with the Cottagers and has only made one appearance all season this term having seemingly fallen out of favour at Craven Cottage under Slavisa Jokanovic.

Danny Ward of Huddersfield Town celebrates promotion to the Premier League after the Sky Bet Championship play off final between Huddersfield and Reading at Wembley Stadium on May 29, 2017...

The 25-year-old appears to have the potential to be a very decent goalkeeper, but perhaps Warburton should consider other targets as he looks to strengthen his options between the sticks. 

According to the Sunderland Echo, new Sunderland boss Chris Coleman wants to bring Danny Ward in from Liverpool on loan as he looks to drag the Black Cats out of the relegation zone in the Championship.

Liverpool goalkeeper Danny Ward looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Swansea City and Liverpool at The Liberty Stadium on May 1, 2016 in Swansea, Wales.

Coleman knows Ward from his time as Wales boss, but perhaps Warburton should consider joining Sunderland in the race to sign the 24-year-old.

Ward may be tempted to join the Black Cats due to Coleman's presence at the Stadium of Light - if he is indeed temporarily allowed to leave Liverpool in January - but it would hardly be a surprise if a move to the City Ground also appealed to him.

Warburton's men are just two points off the play-off places currently despite struggling for consistency all season - they have won eight and lost nine of their opening 17 games. 

If they can find some consistency before January, they should be in an even better position, and it will be even harder for Ward to turn down a move if Forest decided to join the race for his signature. And given that he helped Huddersfield clinch promotion last season, it would certainly be a coup for Forest to bring the Welshman in, so perhaps they should add the stopper to their list of targets. 

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