Nottingham Forest signed a whopping 22 players in the summer ahead of the challenge of a Premier League campaign, and now a new update has now emerged on their January plans – with it looking like the Reds are showing no signs of slowing down in the transfer market.
According to Football Insider, Nottingham Forest is planning to spend up to £100m in the new year to avoid relegation from the top flight.
As per the report, the club’s owner Evangelos Marinakis has sanctioned another high-spending window after making changes to his recruitment team at The City Ground and is prepared to give new sporting director Filippo Giraldi between £50m and £100m to spend this winter.
There is no doubt that, despite making a large number of new signings in the summer, there is still plenty of room for improvement at Nottingham Forest, and if Giraldi and his new recruitment team can get it right this time, it could well save the club’s season.
The Garibaldi returned to the Premier League for the first time in 23 years this season and will certainly be desperate to retain their top-flight status come the end of the campaign, however, they have a lot of work to do in the second half of 2022/23.
Steve Cooper’s side are currently rock bottom in the league standings, matching Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leeds United for points following a monumental victory against Liverpool last weekend, and the 42-year-old will be hoping this result can inspire some confidence and a run of good form.
Forest are just one win away from potentially climbing out of danger and doing so before the Premier League breaks for the World Cup next month would be a great achievement for the side ahead of the second half of the season.
The newly-promoted side will face Arsenal, Brentford and Crystal Palace before the international tournament commences and Cooper must find a way to take points from these games in order to have a chance of survival when club football resumes after Christmas.
And, with a number of the Reds’ 2022 additions having failed to impress, with Harry Toffolo, Orel Mangala, Jesse Lingard, Emmanuel Dennis, Renan Lodi and Wily Boly – who the club spent a combined £34m on this summer – all currently ranking in Forest’s bottom eight performers in the league so far this season, it is clear the club got a number of signings wrong this summer.
With that being said, although spending big in the January transfer window would likely provide the Reds with a huge opportunity to move away from the relegation zone, it is clear that Giraldi must focus on quality rather than quantity in the winter market – as the right moves in January could well just save Forest’s season.