Nottingham Forest are set to cast their net into League One this summer, as The Athletic links the club with two more third-tier players.

Accrington striker Dion Charles and Oxford defender Josh Ruffles are the latest names to emerge as targets for the club.

Forest boss Chris Hughton will seek some new additions during the transfer window.

The club won’t boast a bounty of cash to spend and have identified several players in the lower leagues as potential targets.

Charles has netted 20 times for Accrington this season, reaching the milestone from 45 starts and three substitute outings.


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Last season he found the net nine times from 30 appearances and has been growing in confidence.

He was recently called up to the Northern Ireland squad, playing in a 2-1 defeat over USA In March.

Derby and Hull City were also keen on the striker previously and competition seems likely for the 25-year-old.

Ruffels is a versatile performer but typically operates as a left-back – which would make him an interesting capture for the Reds.

Yuri Ribeiro is out of contract in the summer and Gaetan Bong and Tyler Blackett have both flattered to deceive.

Ruffels is available on a free in the summer and Forest will have to join the queue in order to land the 27-year-old.

He notched up a 300th appearance for Oxford earlier this season and is set to have a number of clubs after him.

Ruffels has scored six goals and claimed as many assists this season and that looks a decent return for a left-back.

Is League One the way to go?

Both players could prove exciting additions and why shouldn’t Forest go after players from the third tier?

The Reds have been burnt in the past with overpaid foreign imports and the success from that market can be counted on one hand.

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That doesn’t mean every signing from the lower leagues will work, although it’s certainly a strategy that has worked for other clubs.

Players with a desire to do well and give their everything are likely to come from the lower leagues and signing for Forest is something plenty of players down there would welcome.

Both Charles and Ruffels could prove attractive signings for the Reds this summer.

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