Alex McLeish wants another signing, after Nottingham Forest secure Darius Henderson
ALEX McLeish will focus his attention on signing somebody to provide the ammunition – after assembling the strike force he believes can shoot Nottingham Forest into the Premier League.
The Reds boss hopes the club will now ramp up their efforts to sign Birmingham winger Chris Burke, after Forest moved to add Darius Henderson to their front line.
The Millwall striker agreed a short-term deal, following lengthy negotiations at the City Ground yesterday.
The 31-year-old could make his debut against one of his former clubs when Forest face Watford tomorrow.
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McLeish feels he now has one of the strongest forward lines in the Championship, with Billy Sharp, Simon Cox and Dexter Blackstock already in situ.
And now he hopes to add to Forest's creative talent, to help lay on the chances for them to put away.
"We have been pursuing a wide man," said McLeish.
"We have been playing quite narrow in midfield and it has put the onus on the full-backs to get forward.
"If we want to play with four or five in the middle, we need people who can cross the ball or beat their man. At the moment things are at a standstill (in the pursuit of a winger)."
Forest hope their initial bid for Burke, who is out of contract in the summer, will start to look more attractive as the end of the transfer window approaches, as cash-strapped Birmingham will not want to risk losing the 29-year-old for nothing at the end of the season.
And McLeish believes it is vital for Forest to add some width to their game. He said: "We want to be more dynamic. We want to get crosses into the box.
"I am not talking about going from back to front all the time, I am talking about crosses into the dangerous areas.
"You have to play the game in a perfect way, if you have small strikers in the side.
"You have to play wee balls; play a certain brand of football.
"Our pitch is not conducive to that at the minute – through no fault of the groundsman, I would add.
"There are issues with the Trent being close by and with the under-soil heating not being fully operational.
"These are things that have to be addressed in the future."
In the meantime, McLeish is happy to have added Henderson to his ranks.
"Dexter and him are similar in their qualities, in that you try to get crosses into the box and look for the technical aerial strength of guys like them.
"Whether we play the two of them together would be another matter.
"But we now have four strikers that we can rotate. These guys can score goals for us, between now and the end of the season.
"A lot of defences in this division will be looking and thinking that these four can be a handful.
"They would be thinking we have four decent strikers now.
"And, to get out of this division, you need strikers to score you goals.
"We are now trying to get him to join forces with our other three strikers to get us into the play-offs."