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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Nottingham Forest Confirm Blackstock Interest

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Nottingham Evening Post - Davies: Blackstock is a Forest target
- NOTTINGHAM Forest are targeting a £2m move for QPR striker Dexter Blackstock.
But the powerful front-man is unlikely to arrive at the City Ground before the summer.

- Reds boss Billy Davies believes Blackstock can add some physical presence to his attacking arsenal at the City Ground.
- But he may have to pursue other targets to bolster their fight against relegation, with the 22-year-old unwilling to commit himself to a move until Forest's fate is confirmed.
- QPR's 12-goal striker is stalling on a new contract at Loftus Road and the London club are willing to do business – at a price
- But while they might be willing to allow Blackstock to move to the City Ground on loan if a fee can be agreed for a permanent deal in the future, the player himself is understood to be concerned about the prospect of Forest being relegated.
- And manager Davies admits the former Oxford, Southampton, Plymouth and Derby player might have to be a target for the summer.
- "We are looking to bring in one or two before Thursday, but we are also putting one or two things in place for the summer as well," said Davies.
- "We are looking at several targets and making several enquiries and Dexter Blackstock is among one of those names we are asking about.
- "He is one of several players we are looking at.
"We know we have a rebuilding job to do, we know we have to plan for the future.
- "At this moment we are looking at possible targets and doing all we can to look at possible targets now.
- "We do not want to get to the summer and then be scrambling for possible targets. We need to get ahead of the game now."
- Davies admits that Forest are having to prepare a Plan A for a future in the Championship and a Plan B for if they are relegated.
- "That is the situation, we have to prepare for both eventualities (League One or the Championship) but there is no doubt which one I am preparing for more," he said.
- "I see the determination and spirit in that dressing room and it convinces me that we should be preparing for life in the Championship."
- Davies accepts that Forest's fight against relegation will be a negative influence as they try to sign players.
- "I am sure if you were the player, then you would like to wait to see what happens. You can understand that," he said.
- "But we will continue to identify possible targets, we will continue to make enquiries. But it will depend on where we are.
- "We just have to go and get the job done. Once we are through this season, we will not be too far away." Nottingham Evening Post

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