Nottingham Forest are watching Plymouth Argyle striker Luke Jephcott and are ready to step up their pursuit of West Brom’s Filip Krovinovic, according to the Athletic.
With a goal-shy side sitting closer to the relegation zone than the play-off places, the January window offers an ideal opportunity to fill the gaps in Chris Hughton’s squad.
Forest are lacking not only a prolific centre-forward, with Lewis Grabban bang out of form, but also a creative midfielder capable of creating chances while adding pace and purpose to an often sluggish attack.
In theory at least, Krovinovic is capable of providing the kind of defence-splitting passes that Jephcott, who has scored for fun in the division below, thrives on.
The Plymouth academy graduate has scored 12 in 17 League One games this season – and 14 across all competitions.
“Luke doesn’t complicate things, a bit like Harry Kane if you like,” his former Pilgrims coach Sean McCarthy told Plymouth Live recently.
“I know there are a number of bigger clubs watching him and he can certainly play Championship.”
One player who has already proved himself in the second tier is Krovinovic, the former Croatia U21 star who helped West Brom secure promotion under Slaven Bilic last term.
Bilic’s successor, Sam Allardyce, is willing to let Krovinovic leave The Hawthorns this month after the Benfica loanee struggled to make the step up at Premier League level.
After missing out on both Jack Byrne and Ben Whiteman, The Athletic believes that Nottingham Forest are about to step up their pursuit of the dynamic, string-pulling number eight.
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