Nottingham Forest are reportedly interested in signing Middlesbrough forward Patrick Bamford this summer. The Mirror report (live blog, 16/02/2018, 17:43) that the Boro striker is one of three names targeted at the City Ground in order to add goals to the attack. Bamford, along with Lewis Grabban and Nelson Oliveira all fit the bill.
Bringing Bamford in however would be a massive coup for Nottingham Forest and act as a small redemption considering the way they lost him.
It is hard for many to remember, but the forward was once a Nottingham Forest player. In fact, the Middlesbrough star was with the club from the age of eight and was considered one of the top prospects to come through at the club for some time.
After making two first-team appearances for the club he was snapped up by talent sweeping Chelsea. The Blues paid £1.5 million to sign the player, leaving Forest devastated to lose such a strong talent.
It was a controversial move. Many Forest fans felt the player was turning his back on the club, especially after rejecting two new contract offers. However, Forest were in peril back in 2012 and his departure just made sense considering the struggles at the City Ground. The youngster simply could not be blamed.
So bringing him back to the club would be a massive boost for the fans. Bamford, who Karanka worked with at the Riverside Stadium, is a regular with the Teessiders but is often used out of his favoured centre-forward position.
The 24-year-old, who was the Championship Player of the Year in 2014-15, is a player that Forest fans continue to rue losing to this day.
If Karanka could manage to bring him back to the City Ground six years after his disappointing exit, he will be giving the fans and the club a massive boost.