With no fresh faces welcomed to the City Ground (yet) on Wednesday, Nottingham Forest’s January window appears set to go down to the wire.

If we are being honest, were we expecting anything else?

History dictates that the vast majority of winter deals are done in the final 24 hours.

Why break with tradition.

The Reds have got one body in so far, with Yohan Benalouane already on board.

He arrived from Leicester on January 18, as announced on the club’s official website.

Three days after Martin O’Neill took the reins.

No messing about – we need a defender, get him in.

A positive start, but not a sign of things to come as there has been little but hot air since then.


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O’Neill may have wanted a “bit of everything”, as he told the Nottingham Post, but he has got a lot of nothing so far.

There are, apparently, plenty of possible additions in the pipeline.

Is that not always the case though?

There is plenty of conjecture to be found through any passing window, but gossip needs to be taken with a sizeable pinch of salt.

That is not to say that January 31 will not deliver more excitement than the previous 30 days put together.

Aitor Karanka left it late 12 months ago before completing a flurry of late transfers.

His successor may be set to do the same.

If that is to be the case, then he has a busy day ahead.

Better make sure that fax machine is working.

If everything comes together as hoped, then reinforcements could be welcomed across the board.

Tyrone Mings is “at the top of the Reds’ wanted list”, according to the Nottingham Post, but the Daily Mail report that Bournemouth’s £1 million demands for a short-term loan are proving to be a sticking point.



There are still murmurs of another frontman, with the Daily Mirror’s Alan Nixon claiming that Forest are among those considering an approach for Southampton’s Sam Gallagher.

Despite having approximately 8,000 options already on the books, a midfielder is apparently also being sought.

Hopefully of the more ball-playing than ball-winning kind.

There is, however, no substance to any of the speculation as yet.

O’Neill, Evangelos Mavrinakis and Nicholas Randall have the power to change all of that.

They have plenty of work to do before 11pm on Thursday.

Will their efforts be rewarded, though, or will their fingers be caught in the window as it slams shut?

Delight or disappointment for those at the helm and a loyal fan base of thousands?

Not long to wait now until we have our answer.

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