Nottingham Forest have been very active in the summer transfer window with 16 signings made so far, and now a reliable source has given an update on the club’s plans over the final weeks of the transfer window.
Italian journalist and transfer insider Fabrizio Romano has revealed what Nottingham Forest are “looking for” ahead of transfer Deadline Day on September 1st.
“Nottingham Forest are currently not in talks to sign Hans Hateboer or Alvaro Odriozola, despite rumours. Work in progress on different targets.
“Willy Boly, in the list as NFFC are looking for a new centre back.”
Steve Cooper will already be delighted with the club’s clear intent to improve and strengthen the team ahead of their Premier League challenge, and their continued support to ensure no position is left without depth is undoubtedly a boost for the Welsh manager.
Forest have been dealt a huge injury blow already this season with newly signed centre-back Moussa Niakhate suffering from a thigh problem and Cooper has confirmed the extent of the setback, saying:
“He is out for a few months. He had a scan in the week and it didn’t come back too good.
“It is a blow for him as he’d settled in well but these things happen. It’ll have to be the next man up and maybe it will change our view of the end of the transfer window, we will see. I don’t think we are finished with ins and outs.”
As a result, Forest are left with Steve Cook, Joe Worrall, Loic Mbe Soh and Scott McKenna to occupy the back three formation Cooper has deployed to win four points from his side’s first three games of the season so far.
Both Worrall and McKenna were two of the lowest rated players on the pitch against Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday afternoon according to SofaScore, with the pair only winning seven of their 12 duels combined and McKenna, in particular, failed to make a single interception or tackle throughout the game.
It’s already an area of the pitch lacking depth and with a lack of Premier League experience in there too, excusing Cook, they don’t look particularly well prepared at the back.
With that being, there is a clear need to add some quality to the defensive positions following Niakhate’s injury and it is certainly a boost that that is exactly what Forest are aiming to do before the deadline on September 1st.