A report from The Athletic has claimed that Leeds United duo Kalvin Phillips and Stuart Dallas were transfer targets for Nottingham Forest.

The article claims that 70 players were on a shortlist back in 2019, with Francois Modesto the man behind it.

The club’s technical director compiled the names of several players, with a large percentage of them from British shores.

Two of them, Dallas and Phillips, serve to highlight the sheer naivety of the people currently responsible for recruitment at the football club.

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Phillips’ inclusion on that list is particularly alarming.

He has come through the ranks at Elland Road and not even a £25 million bid from Aston Villa could tempt them into a sale.

Dallas, at the time, perhaps wasn’t such a surprising suggestion. The Northern Ireland international is now a regular for the Whites in the Premier League, however.

Phillips has since earned international recognition too with England boss Gareth Southgate rating him highly.

Several other Premier League players were included on the 70-man hit-list – many of who would have been loan signings.

It’s the inclusion of Phillips and Dallas however which offer the biggest element of surprise.

Were the duo ever realistic options for Forest?

Not in a million years!

This news does make it seem as though some people at Forest are playing a real-life game of Football Manager.

Phillips was one of the standout Championship performers for several years before Leeds won promotion.

He actually won his first England cap without playing a top-flight game, such was his form in the second tier.

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The £30,000-a-week player is now shining in the Premier League and looks set for a move to a top club at some point.

Dallas has scored three top-flight goals and registered an assist during 17 appearances during 2020/21.

He perhaps wasn’t such silly suggestion, considering he is 29-years-old.

It does highlight, however, that Forest’s scattergun approach to transfers has to change.

Gary Brazil’s new role at the club could have a big say in things improving on that front in the coming transfer windows.

Forest fans can only hope that the club starts to get it right when it comes to recruiting players.

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