Nottingham Forest must plan Crystal Palace double-deal for Puncheon and Souare

Aitor Karanka was all smiles at his first official press conference after being named as the new Nottingham Forest manager. Aitor Karanka Press Conference, The City Ground, Nottingham, UK,...

Championship giants Nottingham Forest reportedly want to sign Jason Puncheon from Premier League Crystal Palace and left-back Souare should be targeted too.

Nottingham Forest manager Aitor Karanka

Nottingham Forest have been very busy in the transfer market since Aitor Karanka took over at the start of 2018. Following in the same vein as January, the East Midland giants brought in a whole host of new faces during the summer with Claudio Yacob and Panagiotis Tachtsidis even arriving as free agents after the window shut.

And it seems that Forest are already making plans for January too.


According to The Sun (16 September, page 63), Nottingham Forest have registered an interest in Crystal Palace midfielder Jason Puncheon, who saw loan moves to Middlesbrough and Aston Villa fall through on transfer deadline day.

32-year-old Puncheon is a hugely experienced player who should add creativity and set-piece threat to a Forest side struggling for goals. But he is not the only seldom-seen Crystal Palace player they should be targeting.

Jason Puncheon of Crystal Palace during the Pre-Season Friendly between Boreham Wood and Crystal Palace at Meadow Park on July 31, 2018 in Borehamwood, England.

According to The Mirror (16 September, page 48), 28-year-old Pape Souare is set to leave Selhurst Park in 2019 and The Eagles will surely try to cash in during January, given that the former Lille man is out of contract next summer.

The closest thing Nottingham Forest have to a natural left-back right now is Jack Robinson, and he spent last season playing in the centre for QPR. Souare, then, would represent a round peg in a round hole for a Forest side who have tried to force the likes of Ben Osborn into an unfamiliar role of late.

Signing Souare and Puncheon would strengthen Forest in two key areas.

Crystal Palace's Pape N'Diaye Souare

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