Date: 8th August 2019 at 1:25pm
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Nottingham Forest may be in for a busy transfer deadline day. They apparently want another keeper, and they’re also reportedly locked in discussions with Newcastle over the return of Jack Colback.

One thing they certainly need to worry about is getting a few players off the books.

Fans voiced their concerns about the size of the squad when the shirt numbers were assigned, but since then there hasn’t been much in the way of outgoings at the City Ground.

Due to the number of managers they’ve had in the last few years, there is a complete mismatch of players still at the club who were brought in by different regimes.

Indeed, Forest have 38 senior players listed on their website, and that is simply too many.

The transfer window in England is all but over, so shifting a number of those to English clubs seems almost impossible.

However, Forest do have a saving grace in that across Europe other countries transfer windows don’t close until the end of the month.

This means that a number of their players could still be moved on. Of course, it’s a tough sell to get Spanish, German or French teams to take a punt on unwanted players such as Jason Cummings, but due to the way the window works he could still be sold to a Scottish side as he impressed north of the border with Hibs a few years ago by scoring 19 in 31 in his final season.

Others who have experience abroad will be much easier to move on. They’ve already had offers from abroad for Adlene Guedioura, and other fringe players such as Michael Hefele and Yohan Benalouane have experience playing in mainland Europe.

Trimming their squad should be a priority for Forest, and luckily they still have plenty of time to move these players on.


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