A report from The Telegraph has listed four Nottingham Forest players who have been told they are free to find new clubs this summer.
Carl Jenkinson, Harry Arter, Fouad Bachirou and Gaetan Bong are the unlucky four named in the report.
It’s been a pretty mediocre season for the listed Forest players, with injuries and inconsistency robbing them of more chances.
Jenkinson has played second fiddle to Cyrus Christie, whilst Chris Hughton is keen to look at Jordan Gabriel next season.
Arter was signed by Sabri Lamouchi and has quite simply failed to impress Hughton sufficiently.
The talk has been that injury has robbed him of more game time, although he was linked with a move away from the club in January.
Bong was handed a reprieve under the Forest boss after being banished from the first-team previously.
He was a trusted member of the Brighton team that won promotion during the 2016/17 campaign.
The left-back made 12 appearances during the 2020/21 campaign but is now available for transfer.
Bachirou has been one of the more bizarre Forest signings in recent years.
He’s managed just three appearances for the Reds, with just 32 minutes coming in the Championship.
Forest will have to cut their cloth accordingly for next season and offloading these four stars would be ideal.
Is this a positive step?
It will only be deemed truly positive if the Reds can actually find clubs to take these player off their hands.
Forest’s recruitment has been relatively poor for some time and Hughton must address the balance.
The average age of the squad is sky high and the likes of Brennan Johnson, Tyrese Fornah and Gabriel could be given opportunities next season.
Building blocks do look to be going into place behind the scenes and that can only bode well for the recruitment this summer.
Offloading players is a must though and if clubs can be found for these four it would represent a real positive ahead of next season.