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The incredibly historic team they are, Nottingham Forest have had a couple of really big transfers throughout the years. Of course, most of those big-money signings arrived back in the 90s but interestingly enough, there were some of note that happened a couple of years back.
2018/19, for example, ended up being quite the season for them in terms of record reinforcements. The arrival of Joao Carvalho from Benfica for a reported fee of £13.5m eclipsed the previous record holder, Britt Assombalonga, who occupied the top spot since 2014/15 with his £6.2m price tag.
But Lewis Grabban also arrived in 2018/19 with the Reds splashing £6.1m to bring him from Bournemouth and he is still their third most expensive signing in the history of the club.
When it comes to departures, a couple of sales really stand out in terms of the sheer impact and overall profit. Assombalonga is once again among the standout players on the list, this time topping it with his £15.3m move to Middlesbrough in 2017/18, just a couple of years after his record arrival from Peterborough. He is then closely followed by Oliver Burke’s sale to RB Leipzig that happened a year earlier for a reported fee of £13.6m.
When it comes to most famous Nottingham Forest transfers, and just general icons of the club as well, not many come close to the legendary John Robertson. And yes, the Reds were his first professional club but he actually had two stints with them – once in the early 70s until early 80s and then, after his short stay with Derby County between 1983-1985, he returned back home to finish his career where he also started it.
There are others, of course, like Stuart Pearce, Peter Shilton, Teddy Sheringham or Des Walker, who had a similar path as Robertson, starting and finishing his career at Nottingham Forest with a stint, or in his case stints, away from the club in-between.
And then there are the more modern-time names such as Assombalonga whose transfer fee still tops the charts but needless to say, the player can’t really be in the same conversation as some of those greats. We could also give a shout to Roy Keane or even the homegrown talents like Michael Dawson and Andy Reid, both of whom returned to the club after years of being away.