The summer window is not open yet, so the transfer noise around Nottingham Forest is being muffled somewhat.

Enough is getting through, though, to be heard.

We may not have reached full blown silly season, but we’re definitely in daft territory.

Just a matter of weeks out from the end of the season, the Reds are back in the headlines.

No play-off football on Trentside, but plenty of speculation to be found.

Martin O’Neill’s recruitment plans are being drawn up for him by others.

Nice of them, isn’t it!

You will have already seen a number of names linked with Forest.

Asmir Begovic and Tom Lockyer are two of the more prominent.

Serious doubts have already been cast over two deals mooted in places such as SDNA and Bristol Live.

Guesswork

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There will be arrivals.

We just don’t know who they will be yet.

So the guesswork promises to continue for several months.

Hooray!

Gossip is, of course, all part of the transfer window fun and games.

With little or no competitive football of which to speak, we all need something to fill that void between May and August.

Rumours can amuse and frustrate in equal measure.

That will likely be the case again with Forest in 2019.

It is, however, important that the debate works both ways on Trentside.

As things stand, much of the conjecture has focused on possible incomings.

All well and good – Forest do need a few fresh faces after all.

There has, however, been little movement on the departure front.

Trickle

 

Jamie Ward and Stephen Henderson departed at the end of their respective contracts, but that has been it.

Given that a serious cull is required, a trickle needs to become a flood.

Tough calls need to be made, with some deals potentially being ripped up.

O’Neill needs to free up space and move out the deadwood.

To this point, there has only been talk, in Lecce Prima, of Panagiotis Tachtsidis seeing a loan in Italy turned into a permanent deal and of Motherwell “desperately” trying to keep Gboly Ariyibi.

Oh, and the odd murmur again of Ben Osborn potentially leaving for Stoke.

Forest, with an already top-heavy squad, are being linked with more players than they are supposedly ready to move out.

That will always be the case.

Signings are more exciting than sales.

The Reds do, however, need to ensure that they strike the right balance between arrivals and departures as we prepare to dive headfirst from daft into silly.