Nottingham Forest appear to be closing in on a deal for Sammy Ameobi, with the former Bolton winger set to be snapped up as a free agent.

The Nottingham Post have suggested that an agreement will be reached.

If the 27-year-old does indeed pen terms with the Reds, then he will become the first addition of the summer.

Martin O’Neill was expected to be busy, and there has been plenty of speculation.

Not a lot of action, but maybe the floodgates are about to burst open.

Ameobi would not have been the pick of many to start that flood.

Somebody, though, has to be first through the door.

And they should not be judged as an indicator of what is to come.

Marquee

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Ameobi may not be the marquee addition fans are crying out for, but he could be a useful squad player.

There has been no suggestion that he is coming in to take Joao Carvalho’s No.10 shirt and the captain’s armband.

He is merely available now and can be snapped up immediately.

It could also be argued that he has plenty to prove.

His career has not played out as he would have hoped since following older brother Shola out of Newcastle’s academy ranks.

And his most recent stint at Bolton ended in farce.

Ameobi, after not being paid for three months, has walked away from the final year of his contract with the Trotters.

He has told The Bolton News: “I never thought it would come to this. I don’t think any of us did. But we were not being told the truth.

“People have to protect themselves, protect their families. But it should never have got to that stage.

“Bolton are a club I owe a lot to. I had started to take football for granted. They gave me a second chance. I’ll always respect that.

“I am grateful to the club, grateful to the manager, grateful to the players who played with me, and especially the fans. It is such a shame it came to this, but I didn’t have a choice.”

Benefit

 

If Bolton were his second chance, then Forest could be considered a third.

There probably won’t be many more.

Ameobi needs to start proving himself.

And he definitely can’t “take football for granted”.

That message appears to have hit home and O’Neill will hope to be the one to benefit from that.

Let’s see if the first man in can set the tone for those to follow.