Nottingham Forest boss Martin O’Neill will have the thankless task of reshaping a bloated squad during the summer transfer window.
The club’s retained list showed over 30 players still under contract with the club for the 2019/20 campaign and it’s fair to say that several of those will be moved on.
Shifting the deadwood has been a familiar trait on Trentside in recent years and this summer doesn’t look like breaking the mould.
O’Neill will hope to offload some players to allow room for him to add some reinforcements of his own to the ranks. The Forest squad already boasts quality but three of four stellar additions would be ideal.
One man who is potentially on the way out of his current club is former Forest foe Matej Vydra. The Czech performer cost Burnley £11 million, according to the Daily Mail, but was restricted to just three Premier League starts in his maiden campaign at the club.
According to Lancs Live, the 28-year-old will be seeking clarification on his role at the club ahead of next season. Naturally, given his Championship quality, speculation will probably spark up once more.
Slim pickings in attack
If Forest are going to attempt to bolster their squad then forward options are a must. Lewis Grabban helped himself to 17 goals last season, but Daryl Murphy and Karim Ansarifard didn’t provide prolific backup.
Vydra’s record in the second tier is sensational. In 287 appearances he has netted 65 goals and registered 22 assists across spells with the Rams, Reading and Watford.
Signing him for any Championship wouldn’t be easy, not least Forest. It’s not really sure what budget the Reds will have this term but Vydra’s £35k-a-week (Spotrac) might prove problematic.
A season-long loan would be the ideal arrangement. It would allow Vydra the chance to get games under belt again, whilst it would give any Championship side an immediate prospect of promotion.
If the club is serious about reaching the Premier League then Vydra is exactly the type of player Forest need to be in for – should his days at Burnley prove to be numbered.