Claims have emerged this week that Nottingham Forest are trying to bring Chris Wood in on loan. The latest on this front comes from Charlotte Duncker with The Times.
— Charlotte Duncker (@CharDuncker) January 18, 2023
According to the report, Forest boss Steve Cooper is hoping to add the experienced striker in their battle against relegation. Nottingham Forest are currently out of the drop zone in 13th after a string of positive results.
Forest have continued their summer spending during the winter window. The club have already added Brazilian duo Gustavo Scarpa and Danilo, who cost £16m. This comes after a summer spending spree that saw 23 new arrivals for an outlay of over £135m.
Among those signings were strikers Taiwo Awoniyi and Emmanuel Dennis. While Awoniyi has impressed, Dennis has made just 5 starts under Cooper with both parties now wanting a separation. In theory, Wood would replace the Nigerian in Forest’s squad.
There is one glaring issue with this report. Eddie Howe highly unlikely to sanction a loan move for Wood. That serves little benefit to Newcastle as he would have to be replaced with no incoming cash to fund another striker.
Both Callum Wilson and Alexander Isak have had their injury woes this season so a third option is a must down the stretch. Howe has also consistently praised Wood, who is reported to be very happy at St. James’ Park.