Championship outfit Nottingham Forest are clearly not in the mood for messing about during the summer transfer window and boss Aitor Karanka has added nine new recruits to his squad ahead of the 2018/19 campaign.
It was a miserable season for those of a Forest persuasion last season and their Spanish boss knows that he must turn the club into promotion contenders this time around now that he has been backed in the transfer market with a plethora of big-money signings.
Given that there are still a couple of weak areas in the Forest squad it seems unlikely that the club have finished spending this summer and some more new signings could be just around the corner.
With the new signings now settling into the first-team squad some of last season’s players will now be deemed surplus to requirements and it seems highly likely that boss Karanka will also try and offload some of the deadwood in the coming weeks too.
With just under three weeks until the new season commences Forest could be in for a busy few weeks and here we take a look at five deals that could take place at the City Ground this week…
Sign Sam Byram
The arrival of the former Leeds United right-back looks like one that Forest are very keen to complete, according to an article in last week’s Nottingham Post.
Byram would represent a quality signing for Forest given his pedigree of playing Premier League and Championship football and he would provide seriously decent competition for Tendayi Darikwa.
The 24-year-old is likely to check-in at the City Ground on a season-long loan in the first instance but if he can assist Forest in their quest to reach the Premier League then a permanent deal could also be on the cards in the future.
Pounce on Lee Tomlin
News that will surely alert Aitor Karanka has emerged this week, courtesy of the Mirror (16/07/2018 23:09), that Cardiff City have deemed Lee Tomlin as an unwanted squad member and he is free to leave the Bluebirds this summer.
Tomlin was instrumental in Forest’s good end of season form during a loan spell in the second half of the last campaign and it now remains to be seen whether or not the Reds’ boss will make a move to sign the 29-year-old.
Given that a large quantity of attacking talent has already been signed this summer, it is something of a conundrum trying to figure out where Tomlin would fit into a new-look Forest side, but there is no doubting whatsoever that Karanka is a big admirer of Tomlin as a footballer.
Ryan Yates to Rotherham United
The young central midfielder has featured prominently in the club’s pre-season training schedule but it does still seem increasingly likely that the Yates will go out on loan this summer.
Having played for Notts County in League Two and Scunthorpe United in League One last season, Forest are hopeful of securing a Championship move for Yates this time around and, according to the Yorkshire Post, Rotherham has been earmarked as a potential destination for the Reds’ academy prospect.
Lots of Forest supporters would relish the chance to see Yates strutting his stuff in the first-team at the City Ground but for now it seems that the Forest boss thinks that his development is best served elsewhere.
Loan signing of Jack Colback
The Newcastle United midfielder was a sensational loan signing by Aitor Karanka for the second half of last season and he could be set to rejoin Forest on loan for the 2018/19 campaign, according to the Newcastle Chronicle.
The 28-year-old has been deemed surplus to requirements by Magpies’ boss Rafael Benitez but with Colback earning in the region of £40,000 per-week, the Reds may have to settle for taking Colback on loan rather than signing him on a permanent basis.
Forest are currently a little bit light on the ground in the middle of the park and the signing of Colback would enhance the club’s promotion aspirations for sure.