In an ideal world, Forest would already have a new striker through the door ahead of their first top-flight fixture in over 20 years.
Instead, Steve Cooper’s play-off winners will travel to Newcastle United with Sam Surridge and the out-of-favour Lyle Taylor as the only back-ups for new £17 million record-signing Taiwo Awoniyi.
That is certainly not for a lack of trying, however.
Nottingham Forest have reportedly offered £25 million for Benfica forward Goncalo Ramos. Jizz Hornkamp of Willem II is another (altogether more surprising) target. And, according to reports in Italy, the two-time European champions have opened talks with Inter Milan regarding the £16 million-rated Andrea Pinamonti too.
Nottingham Forest want Inter Milan’s Andrea Pinamonti
An Italy U21 international once dubbed ‘the future’ of the Azzurri by none other than Roberto Mancini, 23-year-old Pinamonti came of age last term. He scored 13 goals on loan at bottom-half Empoli.
But, given the choice, it seems the one-time Wolves target would prefer to stay in Italy.
Tuttomercatoweb say that, despite Forest’s interest, Pinamonti has put Atalanta ‘at the top of his list of preferences’. And Cooper’s loss could be Eddie Howe’s gain.
According to The Northern Echo, Newcastle United remain big fans of Duvan Zapata; The Battering Ram of Bergamo. Colombia international Zapata, who came within touching distance of joining the Magpies in January, is valued by Atalanta in the region of £35 million.
And Pinamonti looks like a potentially inspired replacement. Yes, he may lack Zapata’s raw power. But the two centre-forwards do share a penchant for intelligent link-play and ruthless fining ability from in and around the penalty area.
“He’s a great professional,” says Pinamonti’s former Empoli coach Aurelio Andreazzoli.
“He isn’t afraid of pressure and always proves himself with his goals. The experience with (Antonio Conte) and the top players at Inter was important for him. Now he can only continue to improve.”