Nottingham Forest are likely to be busy in this summer’s transfer market to boost their promotion hopes ahead of next season.
Martin O’Neill’s side missed out on the play-offs by eight points last season. This was a fair reflection of their performances throughout the campaign.
The Reds certainly need to add a few quality additions if they are to push for promotion next season. The Championship is becoming a more demanding division with every passing year.
O’Neill has already established that he needs to improve his attacking options. Joe Lolley and João Carvalho have both been linked with move aways from the City Ground in recent weeks. If they were to move on, then this would become an even greater task.
However, one of the biggest challenges this summer won’t be bringing new faces in. It will be moving some of the deadwood out.
There’s no doubt that O’Neill’s current 32-man squad is far too big. When the club’s retained list was announced via the club’s official site, it was clear just how much work needs to be done.
There are numerous players who are unlikely to have any future with the Reds. Liam Bridcutt, Zach Clough, Jason Cummings are examples of players you’d expect to be walking out of the City Ground exit door this summer.
However, it isn’t as easy as that.
The Reds have got to try and find potential suitors to take these players off their books. This isn’t going to be an easy task when they have failed to deliver on loan elsewhere.
There has been very little speculation about the future of some of these players. It is still very early in the transfer window, but it wouldn’t be surprising if it took a few more weeks or months yet, before the Reds are able to offload them.
They will all be on good money at the City Ground, and it doesn’t make any financial sense for them to just walk away.
It’ll be interesting to see how this situation develops over the next few weeks. The Reds will want to reduce the size of the squad as soon as possible, to give them room to add some fresh faces.
However, it won’t be easy to move some of these players on. The Reds may have to be patient, and wait for the offers to come in towards the latter stages of the transfer window, as so often is the case.