Nottingham Forest manager Aitor Karanka has told the Nottingham Post that he knows the names of the players he wants to bring in when the January transfer window opens.

Nottingham Forest manager Aitor Karanka knows the names he wants to bring to the City Ground in the January transfer window.

Karanka is looking to bring in some reinforcements to help them continue their Championship promotion bid this season. However, one position that the boss insisted they won’t be looking at is striker. Karanka is happy with his current striking options available, with Lewis Grabban leading the line in the first half of the season.

“We know the names we want. But sometimes, on the other hand, I have players here who we would like to leave as soon possible, because that would be better for them and better for us,” Karanka told the Nottingham Post. 

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“But the players we want to bring here, we know the names, we know who we want and we will try to get things done as soon as possible.

“I do not care about the time frame, when I look at last season and the way we did things in January, when we got our business done. The players who will come here will improve the team and improve the quality we have.”

Karanka went on to say that Forest are not currently looking at bringing in a new striker this January.

“Today, right now, striker is not a position we are thinking about. We have Lewis (Grabban), we have Daryl Murphy, we have Karim Ansarifard – we have three very good strikers available.

“We are more than well covered in that position. Today, we are not trying to find a new striker.”

“I have the positions in mind that we want. But I do not want to talk about that, because the players who are in that position now, might become a little bit nervous.

“With the market it can be difficult. You can tell the players to be on their toes. But that can be dangerous with the window, if they start to think that you do not like them.

“When the transfer window is open, you have to be careful.

The Spaniard was cautious in discussing the types of players he is keen on, but it is believed that he has a full-back and an attacking midfielder/ winger on his shortlist for next month.

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“We are speaking and everyone knows, in the club, what we need. The club is working and, in the end, we will do the same things we have been doing since I arrived 11 months ago – we will try to improve the squad,” Karanka added.

“We want players who really want to join us; to help us and players who will be committed to the club in the same way as the players we have signed so far.

“It is always good to bring in new players, because it keeps everyone motivated. If nothing changes, it can become a routine.

“Everyone needs to be alert and to know and understand that they need to perform every day at 100 percent. If they do well, they will play. If they do badly, they will not.

“But to bring players in is important, if you want to improve and increase the quality.”

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