Nottingham Forest boss Sabri Lamouchi has cracked the whip for the first time as he bids to shape his squad of the August kick-off.
According to Nottinghamshire Live, four first-team players have been told that they are free to leave the City Ground.
Michael Hefele, Liam Bridcutt, Luke Steele and Daryl Murphy have all been deemed surplus to requirements by the new Forest boss. All four will remain in Nottingham when the squad travels to Greece for a pre-season tour.
Having made six new additions this summer the Reds’ squad is looking somewhat bloated and this doesn’t really come as a major surprise.
Murphy is perhaps the most unexpected, given that he was a regular in the team under Martin O’Neill and netted six goals throughout the campaign.
Bridcutt has always resembled the model professional at the City Ground but barely featured at all during the 2018/19 campaign.
Hefele only arrived last August and played 18 times for the Reds. He hasn’t been involved since suffering a serious Achilles injury against Leeds in January.
Forest recently signed goalkeeper Aro Muric and that has pushed Steele down the pecking order. He kept goal on seven occasions, memorably saving a Cesc Fabregas penalty in an FA Cup defeat at Chelsea.
The 34-year-old goalkeeper has refuted such claims on Twitter and it remains to be seen what the future holds for him:
— luke steele (@lukeysteele1) July 11, 2019
The report also suggests that Zach Clough, Jason Cummings and Gboly Ariyibi are all training with the Under-23 squad.
With over 30 players currently under contract at the City Ground, it is imperative that more head for the exit in the coming weeks.