Nottingham Forest have plenty of creativity on their books, but another dose of match-winning talent would not go amiss.

Especially as the Reds could lose some of that spark this summer.

Speculation regarding the respective futures of Joe Lolley and Joao Carvalho refuses to go away.

Were either, or both, to depart then Martin O’Neill would find himself in a difficult position.

Let’s not dwell too much on departures, though, and focus instead on incomings.

In an ideal world, Lolley and Carvalho will be staying put.

With their services locked up, assistance will be required.

Which is a mindset O’Neill already appears to be adopting.


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He has told Greek news outlet Sport24 on his transfer plans: “In the first place, we must say that we have to put more goals in.

“To put more goals in, we need to create more opportunities, which means that we need to have creative players.

“And whoever scores goals is expensive.

“If you look at the teams who go up, you will notice how they can score from many places.”

Very true.

Easier said than done.

Spreading goals throughout the side is an obvious target for any manager, but not one that is easily achieved.

It is positive, though, to hear that O’Neill is prioritising forward-thinking talent.

It suggests that there may be some substance to the rumours doing the rounds.

A quick glance over the names that have been linked with the Reds of late points very much towards additions in the final third.

There may, of course, still be departures in that area.



O’Neill, though, has suggested that there will not be any more dealings between Forest and Evangelos Marinakis’ other play thing, Olympiakos.

He added to Sport24: “I cannot tell you for sure if there will be any exchanges, but I can safely tell you that the football Olympiakos is used to and that played here in the Championship is quite different.”

A few players have crossed that divide of late – such as Karim Ansarifard and Gil Dias.

If there are to be no more arrivals from Athens in Nottingham, then hopefully that works both ways.

Given the reports linking Carvalho with Olympiakos.

O’Neill is making all of the right noises.

He could still come out and distance Carvalho and Lolley from the exit talk.

Draw a line in the sand before the summer transfer window really sparks into life.

For now, though, moves are being made into the right markets and positives – with no deals over the line as yet – have to be taken from that.

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