Earlier this summer, Nottingham Forest manager Aitor Karanka spoke about his willingness to re-sign Forest’s best loan players at the City Ground.
Pantilimon signed a permanent deal this summer, and both Colback and Tomlin have been linked with returning.
These positive transfer developments boost Nottingham Forest’s promotion hopes, granting Premier League quality to the side while retaining the services of players who have a history of success at the club.
Reports on Friday from Sky Sports claimed Newcastle and Nottingham Forest were negotiating a loan agreement for Jack Colback, an impressive development that will add steel and top-flight quality in the midfield.
Colback joined Forest in January and was a mainstay in Karanka’s midfield during the second half of the season, oozing class and supplying grit in the centre of the park.
The acquisition of Colback, in addition to Pantilimon and possibly Tomlin, would be a great sign for Forest supporters.
The club has shown impressive ambition this summer with targeting of Portuguese talents, and combined with Premier League experienced players such as Colback and Pantilimon, Forest look primed to challenge for the top six.
Rafa Benitez seems content to let Colback go after purchasing centre-midfield reinforcements such as Ki Sung-Yueng from Swansea.
The Spaniard’s profligacy looks to be Forest’s gain as Colback’s years of experience with Sunderland and Newcastle have earned him a reputation as a fiery operator who can take matches by the scruff of the neck.
Undoubtedly an asset at the City Ground, retaining the services of Colback for a full season will represent a sizeable boost to the club.
The rumoured signing of Jack Colback adds to the ambitious mood around Forest, as the Championship club continues to approach the transfer window with ambition and purpose ahead of a promotion push.