Report names Nottingham Forest's top target amid Grabban, Marriott and Soudani links

Aitor Karanka, Manager of Middlesbrough smiles during the EFL Cup second round match between Fulham and Middlesbrough at Craven Cottage on August 24, 2016 in London, England.

Nottingham Forest have been linked with Bournemouth's Lewis Grabban, Peterborough United's Jack Marriott and Dinamo Zagreb's El Arabi Hillel Soudani.

Lewis Grabban of Aston Villa celebrates scoring the second goal of the game with team mate Conor Hourihane during the Sky Bet Championship match between Ipswich Town and Aston Villa at...

A new striker is perhaps the biggest requirement for Nottingham Forest this summer.

The City Ground side struggled for goals throughout last season, with Daryl Murphy and Ben Brereton hardly in prolific form and their top scorer, on loan midfielder Kieren Dowell, failing to even reach double figures.

But Forest are taking active steps to resolve the problem with the likes of Lewis Grabban, Jack Marriott and El Arabi Hillel Soudani - who were all in unstoppable form across 2017/18 - reportedly on the club’s radar.

According to the Nottingham Post, Grabban has emerged as Forest’s first choice with Marriot and Soudani backup options.

Lewis Grabban of Aston Villa is tackled by Mathew Pennington of Leeds United during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Leeds United at Villa Park on April 13, 2018 in...

Grabban is the only one of the three to ever play Championship football and he scored 20 times during loan spells at Aston Villa and Sunderland last season from Premier League side Bournemouth. Only Derby’s Matej Vydra scored more.

Marriott, the Peterborough United phenomenon who the Mail believe will cost £5 million, was the Football League’s most prolific marksman in 2017/18 with 33 goals in all competitions. And Posh's director of football Barry Fry has claimed to the Post that Marriott favours a move to the City Ground because of Forest’s rich history.

Jack Marriott of Peterborough United celebrates scoring his team's third goal during The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Aston Villa and Peterborough United at Villa Park on...

Soudani, meanwhile, was awarded Player of the Year and the Golden Boot as Dinamo Zagreb won the Croatian title. But the 30-year-old Algerian, who La Buteur believes will sign for Forest this summer, is a far riskier option.

Making Grabban the number one choice seems sensible.

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