Nottingham Forest look set for a hectic transfer deadline day as Martin O’Neill tries to strengthen his squad for a push towards the top six.
The Reds have added just one player to their ranks so far this month, with Yohan Benalouane joining from Leicester City.
O’Neill has spoken to the Nottingham Post recently about his desire to bolster his group and it looks set to be a frantic chase for new recruits.
Following Saturday’s 3-1 win over Wigan Athletic, the Reds are four points outside the top six and a few solid new additions will enhance their chances of making a genuine attempt at reaching the play-offs.
Ahead of what looks set to be an exciting day, Seat Pitch looks at three deals that Nottingham Forest must complete before the 11pm deadline.
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The signing of a defender
News emerged late last night that Aston Villa are close to signing reported Forest target Tyrone Mings, according to Telegraph journalist John Percy on Twitter.
That leaves the Reds in a frantic search for a defender, or two, on transfer deadline day.
Forest have Tobias Figueiredo, Michael Dawson and Michael Hefele all on the treatment table right now and the signing of a defender is imperative if they are to progress.
O’Neill will need to have something up his sleeve on the defensive front.
One option could be Erik Pieters who, according to The Mirror, is wanted by Forest.
The Wolverhampton Wanderers striker was linked with the Reds last night, according to the Nottingham Post.
The Brazilian netted 12 goals last season as Wolves secured the Championship title; although he has fallen down the pecking order this season.
Forest need to try their level best to secure a striker on deadline day.
Lewis Grabban and Daryl Murphy have both done okay when called upon this season but an injury or suspension could leave the Reds short.
The Fulham midfielder has been linked with a move to the City Ground, according to Football Insider.
The 30-year-old won promotion with the Cottagers last season but has found himself struggling for game time during the current campaign.
Forest are blessed with several central midfield options at the moment but it is fair to say that McDonald would offer O’Neill something a little bit different in the middle of the park.
McDonald might be some way down O’Neill’s priority list but he would represent a better option than that of Monaco man, Pele, who was also linked with a move, according to the Nottingham Post.