It looks like being an interesting summer transfer window for those of a Nottingham Forest persuasion, with lots of transfer market activity likely.
The vast majority of City Ground business will probably be players leaving the club. Forest have over 30 players currently contracted under contract, not including youngsters emerging from the youth ranks.
Boss Martin O’Neill will obviously want to add to his own ranks, however.
The Northern Irishman was potentially doing some scouting of his own last night. He was spotted watching Bulgaria’s home game with Kosovo alongside his goalkeeping coach Seamus McDonagh:
Ayer Martin O’Neill disfrutó del Bulgaria-Kosovo. Le pilló en las vacaciones o estaba mirando a algún jugador? 🌳🌳pic.twitter.com/BD9xYhrBzp
— Nottingham Forest FC (@Nottingham_MI) June 11, 2019
Naturally, this has started speculation on Twitter as to who the pair might have been looking at.
The fact that McDonagh was in attendance with the boss could point the finger towards a goalkeeper and in particular Kosovo’s.
Manchester City stopper Arijanet Muric was between the posts as Kosovo created history and won their first ever qualifying fixture for a major tournament, running out 3-2 winners.
Costel Pantilimon was Forest’s regular stopper last season, but the Reds could perhaps do with bolstering their goalkeeping ranks.
Luke Steele is 34, whilst Jordan Smith didn’t play much at Mansfield and could go out on loan once again.
At this stage, there is nothing concrete to confirm Forest’s interest in the City stopper. Muric, who is rated very highly by Pep Guardiola would be a classy addition for the Reds, however.
The 20-year-old kept goal with aplomb in City’s run to the EFL Cup Final, keeping four clean sheets in five games.
Having played understudy to Ederson during 2018/19 it is unclear whether Guardiola will allow him to leave on loan this summer.
It is fair to say, however, that playing football would benefit his development.
If O’Neill is looking to add another goalkeeper to his squad then Muric would be a fine addition indeed.