New Nottingham Forest manager Aitor Karanka wants to bring Chelsea forward Charly Musonda to the club on loan, according to The Daily Telegraph.

The Spaniard was formally unveiled as the new man in charge four days ago having been out of a job since being sacked by Middlesbrough last March.

And with Forest languishing in 14th place in the Championship, he is keen to get to work quickly and improve the squad.

His first target is Chelsea forward Musonda, who the Blues will allow to leave the club on loan for the rest of the season.

However, they will only do so if the Belgian is given first-team opportunities at Forest.

With Premier League clubs Bournemouth, Newcastle United, Watford and West Bromwich Albion already keen on Musonda, the City Ground outfit have now thrown their hat into the ring.

The 21-year-old – who scored against them in the Carabao Cup – can play as either an attacking midfielder or a winger, which would help Forest.

With only Kieran Dowell as a specialist attacking midfielder and Zach Clough as a secondary striker at the club, it is an area they could use some extra cover.

Musonda would also give Forest boss Karanka options if he wants to make use of him as a left or right winger.

With Mustapha Carayol, Barrie McKay and Jamie Ward better suited to playing on the left, the Belgian could be used on the other flank if required.

Chelsea will take their time to consider which club suits Musonda best and whether a drop down to the Championship would be the right move for him at this stage.

While Forest could guarantee him first-team football, it may be that his parent club would rather he stay in the Premier League.

Fresh from their excellent 4-2 FA Cup third round win over Arsenal before Karanka took over, Forest are next in action when they play Aston Villa on Saturday.


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