Forest up Howard offer
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Nottingham Forest have increased their offer for Luton Town hot shot Steve Howard.Nottingham Forest boss Joe Kinnear is not looking to sell his key strikers to fund his bid for Luton Town hot shot Steve Howard.
Kinnear is aiming to entice Howard to The City Ground, having bought the forward for Luton during his time in charge at Kenilworth Road.
The League One leaders have rejected an initial bid for the 28-year-old but Kinnear has returned to The Hatters with an improved offer.
The Forest chief remains determined to land Howard and feels that the Championship club's second offer is fair.
"We have upped our bid and made a second offer for Steve Howard," said Kinnear.
"I think it is a realistic offer because I know what he is about as I bought him for £50,000 in the first place and he has scored about 80 goals in three years."
But there have been suggestions that, to finance his Howard swoop, Kinnear is willing to sacrifice either Marlon King or David Johnson.
Kinnear has refuted the rumours that the strike duo could be sold but acknowledged there is the possibility of some players leaving The City Ground.
He added: "I think agents are stirring things up, that is what they like to do. I'm not trying to sell Johnson and King.
"But there is a chance I can manoeuvre some of my players around. I am open to offers."