Nottingham Forest have been handed a boost in their bid to bring Dane Murphy to the City Ground this summer.
That’s according to The Athletic journalist Daniel Taylor, who revealed in a post on Twitter that, contrary to reports, the Barnsley CEO has not resigned from his current role, as his contract with the Tykes is set to expire at the end of June.
Taylor added that the 35-year-old could take over at Nottingham Forest in the very near future, as well as confirming that the Reds would not have to pay any compensation for the chief executive as a result of his contractual situation.
With Forest’s transfer strategy in recent years having been rather erratic – with the Reds bringing in a total of 17 players last season, a number of whom have now been told that they are free to find a new club this summer – it would certainly appear as if they are in need of a more measured approach in the transfer market, something which Murphy’s appointment should bring.
After taking over at Barnsley, the 35-year-old immediately made widespread changes at Oakwell, including the appointment of Valerien Ismael as their new manager and taking a data-driven approach to recruitment, with the CEO’s actions appearing to have a hugely positive impact on the club.
Indeed, in the time since Murphy has been at Barnsley, the Tykes have gone from fighting for survival in the Championship to beaten play-off semi-finalists in the space of just 10 months.
With Forest having endured something of a season to forget last time out, finishing in a lowly 17th place in the second tier, Hughton will no doubt be hoping to build a team in the summer transfer window which is capable of much more than mid-table obscurity next term, something with which Murphy could very much help.
With the news that the American looks set to take over at Forest in the coming weeks, Hughton must be buzzing that his plan for the Reds could finally be about to take shape.