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Nottingham Forest must secure permanent Costel Pantilimon deal

The Romanian has kept three clean sheets in a row.

Mathew Nash

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In January Nottingham Forest made large-scale changes to their first-team squad. Aitor Karanka brought in an abundance of new faces to the City Ground as he sought to freshen up the squad and improve first-team options.

One area where the Spaniard clearly wanted to improve was in goal. Both Stefanos Kapino and Romanian international Costel Pantilimon were brought in from Olympiakos and Watford respectively.

Pantilimon arrived on loan from Watford and immediately took the place of Jordan Smith in the number one slot at Forest.

WATFORD, ENGLAND – MAY 21: Costel Pantilimon of Wartford and Rene Gilmartin of Watford embrace prior to the Premier League match between Watford and Manchester City at Vicarage Road on May 21, 2017 in Watford, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

After a spell of settling in the 31-year-old has become an integral part of the Forest side. Karanka’s side have been in solid form recently. Their last three games have not seen them concede a goal, with three goalless draws.

Pantilimon has added a serenity to the Forest backline. The Romanian has been in fine form and clearly his experience is having a positive impact on the Reds defence which had previously been leaky at the back.

Smith was a positive young option. But his inexperience was having a detrimental impact on the Forest side.

Pantilimon has been a brilliant addition by the Spaniard, who clearly felt a new goalkeeper was needed.

This summer Pantilimon is looking likely to leave Watford. Heurelho Gomes and Orestis Karnezis are currently battling for first-team football with the Hornets and Pantilimon will be struggling to get into the first-team at Vicarage Road.

NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND – JANUARY 30: Costel Pantilimon of Watford reacts during the Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match between Nottingham Forest and Watford at the City Ground on January 30, 2016 in Nottingham, England. (Photo by Harry Hubbard/Getty Images)

Pantilimon’s contract expires in the summer of 2019 and will need to find a new team in the near future.

Forest can offer the Romanian regular first-team football and he can be the experienced head that Karanka wants between the sticks going forward.

Keeping the 31-year-old this summer must be a priority for Forest and hopefully a deal can be found to keep him at the City Ground.

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Previously spent five years writing for HITC Sport. Everton fan for my sins.

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“First of many” – Some Nottingham Forest fans react to Gil Dias’ wonder goal

The Portuguese youngster has signed for Forest on a season-long loan.

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Nottingham Forest boss Aitor Karanka has been extremely busy reshaping his squad during this summer and a series of high profile signings have given the Reds’ long-suffering supporters optimism ahead of the forthcoming campaign.

The Championship outfit have signed no fewer than nine players so far during the off season and it seems likely that Karanka will add more signings to his squad of players before the big August kick-off.

One man who has joined the Reds this summer is Gil Dias who has signed on a season-long loan from French giants Monaco and the 21-year-old has arrived with a big reputation and a glowing reference from agent Jorge Mendes.

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Dias is one of several new signings who has been hoping to impress his new boss during a pre-season tour of Marbella and his wonder strike in a 3-0 win over Malaga this morning has firmly excited the Forest faithful.

After picking the ball up close to the half-way line, Dias danced past several defenders before calmly finishing under the advancing goalkeeper to give the Reds a 1-0 lead.

Given the nature of his first goal for the club some Forest fans were absolutely buzzing on Twitter, whilst Dias himself spoke of his delight at notching for the first time in the famous red.

Here we looked at some of the best tweets in reaction to Dias’ sensational goal…

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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.

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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

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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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