Three former players Aitor Karanka should target at Forest

Aitor Karanka, manager of Middlesbrough looks on during the Premier League match between Stoke City and Middlesbrough at Bet365 Stadium on March 4, 2017 in Stoke on Trent, England.

The Nottingham Forest boss will be hoping to strengthen his new team.

Aitor Karanka, manager of Middlesbrough takes his seat before the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Middlesbrough at White Hart Lane on February 4, 2017 in London, England.

Aitor Karanka was officially announced as Nottingham Forest's new manager on Monday night signing a two-and-a-half year deal according to the BBC

The Spaniard has been out of work since leaving Middlesbrough back in March and returns to the Championship where he won promotion in 2016. 

Forest are currently in mid-table, hoping to regroup and make a late push for the play-offs, but they need to add to their squad to do so. Here are three former players Karanka could look to bring to the City Ground:

Adam Forshaw

Nottingham Forest could do with a couple of extra bodies in the central midfield area. Chris Cohen has had his injury problems this season, which leaves David Vaughan, Ben Osborn and Liam Bridcutt as their only other options in that position. 

David Vaughan of Nottingham Forest and Adam Forshaw of Middlesbrough during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Middlesbrough at City Ground on August 19, 2017 in...

Adam Forshaw played a key role for Middlesbrough in helping them win promotion to the Premier League under Karanka in 2016. He has been in and out the team at the Riverside, so a move for the former Brentford man would be an astute bit of business as he is accomplished at this level. 

Patrick Bamford

Karanka may want to bring a striker to the City Ground in the January window. Daryl Murphy is out injured while youngster Ben Brereton has been leading the line in his absence. Tyler Walker and Jason Cummings are Forest's other forward options but again they are young and inconsistent. 

Patrick Bamford of Middlesbrough celebrates scoring his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Middlesbrough and Southampton at Riverside Stadium on May 13, 2017 in...

Patrick Bamford served Karanka well at Boro. He scored 19 goals in 2014-15 season as the Teesiders reached the play-off final. The former Real Madrid assistant manager re-signed him last January for Middlesbrough, but it has not worked out for the former Chelsea man so a reunion with Karanka could revitalise his career. 

Daniel Ayala

Daniel Ayala has played over 120 times for Middlesbrough and was most influential during Karanka's spell at the club. The 27-year-old is a commanding defender who has excelled at Championship level in the past. 

Daniel Ayala (L) of Middlesbrough challenges Callum McManaman of Sunderland during The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Middlesbrough and Sunderland at the Riverside Stadium on...

He had a spell on loan at Forest during the 2012-13 season so is familiar with the club. He would add much needed competition and promotion-winning experience to the back line at the City ground. 

 

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