Nottingham Forest are expected to explore the possibility of bringing Jack Colback back to the City Ground this summer.
Something will have gone drastically wrong if they don’t!
A man who has caught the eye across two productive loan spells is wanted back for a third stint on Trentside.
He has played his way into the hearts of a loyal fan base.
A series of whole-hearted displays have endeared him to supporters who will forever get behind those who give their all.
Martin O’Neill has suggested that Colback is on his shopping list.
His face no longer fits at Newcastle – and hasn’t done for a while – so the exit door has swung open.
And this time, a permanent deal will be put in place.
Such a fee, in modern football, is pittance.
Forest should have already made it very clear to Newcastle that they are willing to meet that asking price.
And if they do get an agreement over the line, then they will be breaking a long-standing transfer tradition.
One regarding the acquisition of loanees.
Short-term deals are intended to put players in the shop window.
Try before you buy.
If you like what you see, then the option of an extended stay can be discussed.
Forest have adopted that mindset on a regular basis in recent windows, with there no bottomless pot of cash in which to dip.
Loan stars plug gaps in time of need.
If they offer more than that, then everyone’s a winner.
Colback ticked the boxes for the Reds and has set a ball in motion that few before him have managed of late.
Stretching back to January 2014, only two loanees have become permanent Forest signings.
And both of those deals were pushed through last summer.
Costel Pantilimon and Tobias Figueiredo were snapped up by Aitor Karanka having impressed the Spaniard with their efforts towards the end of the 2017-18 campaign.
They are the exception to the rule.
A Romanian goalkeeper and Portuguese defender represent the two deals done from the last 36 loan players snapped up – with Gary Gardner taken on two occasions from Aston Villa.
You want a list?
Gil Dias, Diogo Goncalves, Jack Colback, Sam Byram, Saidy Janko, Leo Bonatini, Pele, Molla Wague, Kieran Dowell, Adam Federici, Tobias Figueiredo, Costel Pantilimon, Lee Tomlin, Hildeberto Pereira, Pajtim Kasami, Nicolao Dumitru, Aaron Tshibola, Joao Teixeira and Ross McCormack.
Kyle Ebecilio, Chris O’Grady.Ryan Mendes, Nelson Oliveira, Jonny Williams, Liam Trotter, Bojan Jokic, Gary Gardner, Federico Macheda, Jack Hunt, Karl Darlow, Jamaal Lascelles, Tom Ince, Todd Kane, Modou Barrow, Chuba Akpom and Lee Peltier.
On January 31, 2014, Forest had taken David Vaughan on loan from Sunderland for a second time and he would eventually join on a full-time basis.
As would Danny Fox, who signed in the same window, and Jack Hobbs who arrived from Hull City in the summer prior to the 2013-14 season.
The loan market has not been particularly productive for Forest in the last five years.
That situation may, however, be about to change.
Colback would be a welcome anomaly to recent transfer history, while Byram would be another that few would argue against O’Neill bucking the trend to bring on board.
Value can be found, that is clear, it just takes a little patience.