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Nottingham Forest fans will hope new signing doesn’t follow in footsteps of Rafik Djebbour

The Algerian arrived at Nottingham Forest this week.

Mathew Nash



Nottingham Forest have concluded the signing of El Arbi Hillel Soudani from Croatian side Dinamo Zagreb. The Reds were first linked with his signature back in January but have finally managed to put a permanent deal together for the Algerian international.

The striker arrives on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee. With a reputation as a hard-working goal-scorer, the player will likely become a fan favourite at the City Ground if he performs as well as he certainly can.

But he does have an interesting link to a player who was certainly not a fan favourite among the Nottingham Forest faithful.

When Soudani made his international debut back in May 2011 he came on as a substitute for a player who will be barely remembered by some Nottingham Forest fans. The player in question was Rafik Djebbour.

Signed from Olympiakos for a fee of £1.2 million it seemed a good deal. Djebbour had performed well in the past with the likes of Panionis, AEK Athens and the Greek giants and Forest would have felt they grabbed a bargain.

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But Djebbour was an unmitigated flop at the City Ground. He played just eight times for the club and at one point found himself dropped for a lack of effort by caretaker manager Gary Brazil.

He scored the one goal for Forest, on debut against Yeovil, but never found the net again.

After just six months, Forest released Djebbour from his contract at the club. He went on to join APOEL in Cyprus and thrive and was last with amateur French side Consolat of Marseille.

One of Forest’s greatest flops in recent memory, fans will hope Soudani does not follow the trend of the man he made his international debut in place of.

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  1. Real Red

    July 1, 2018 at 11:09 am

    Seriously, really you are putting your name to that crap.He replaced him as a substitute 7 years ago. Jesus, you can tell you are scraping the bottom of the barrel.

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Jack Colback speculation puts Nottingham Forest one step closer to loan trio returning

The midfielder looks set for a return to the City Ground this season.

Max Cohen



Jack Colback
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Earlier this summer, Nottingham Forest manager Aitor Karanka spoke about his willingness to re-sign Forest’s best loan players at the City Ground.

Costel Pantilimon, Jack Colback, and Lee Tomlin were all identified as prime transfer targets, as each had impressed at Forest last season.

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.

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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.

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Nottingham Forest right to gamble on Tyrone Mings

Nottingham Forest are said to be interested in the Bournemouth defender.

Mathew Nash



Nottingham Forest are being linked with a move for Bournemouth defender Tyrone Mings this week. As reported by The Mirror (live blog, 18:00, 7/7/18) the Cherries are hopeful Forest will take the left-back off their hands this summer after a difficult period for the player on the South Coast.

Since joining Bournemouth back in 2015 the 25-year-old has found it tough to thrive with his new club. Of course, he was not helped by his terrible injury record.

Mings made his Bournemouth debut in August 2015 but did not last long. It was just 12 minutes later he was down and writhing around the floor in agony. Mings had suffered a serious knee injury and was out of action for over a year.

His comeback season was a struggle and he also suffered a suspension after an altercation with Manchester United’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

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Last season was another poor one for Mings. He was ruled out for a month with a back injury last September but ended up spending most of the season on the sidelines.

All of this might put Nottingham Forest off of his signature. But if they could keep him fit, then Forest have a star on their hands.

In 2015 Bournemouth spent £8 million to sign Mings. That came just mere months after The Telegraph reported that Arsenal were planning on doing the same.

Mings had excelled at Ipswich Town as a left-back or centre-back and was being tipped by some as a future England international.

Nottingham Forest would, therefore, be rolling the dice on a player who, for the past three seasons, has been majoritively on the treatment table. But before then, he looked a future star. At the right price, it is a deal they should make.


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Nottingham Forest must loan out Ryan Yates again this season

The young midfielder has shone on loan from Nottingham Forest.

Mathew Nash



Nottingham Forest today announced the exciting news that Ryan Yates has agreed a new contract with the club. The 20-year-old has signed a new three-year deal at the club, suggesting Nottingham Forest do see a first-team future for the player at the club.

But, after handing him his new deal, Nottingham Forest should now let him go back out on loan again.

The fact is, Yates will not become an immediate first-team regular at Forest considering the competition for places in his position.

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But he is now at a stage where sitting in the stands or playing with the development team is beyond him.

He was on loan at Notts County and Scunthorpe United in League Two and League One respectively last season. During his spell with the two sides Yates managed to play 47 times, scoring eight and assisting four goals in a brilliant season in central midfield.

If Forest want him to continue growing then they have to let him head out on a similar loan spell next season.

A perfect option would be a team like Burton Albion. Local and recently relegated to League One, Yates would be in good hands at the Pirelli Stadium.

Wherever he does end up, Yates should not spend next season wasting away in the Forest fold.

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