Forest were thumped 4-0 by Wolves last night and that wasn’t the only bad news the Reds have encountered this week. On Monday, Morgan Rogers swapped Manchester City for Bournemouth, joining the Cherries on a season-long loan.
The 19-year-old was linked with a move to Forest. He was spotted talking to Reds attacker Brennan Johnson after the recent 2-1 defeat to Bournemouth.
It’s a sign of the times for Forest and for Chris Hughton. Several links have emerged this summer, although just three players have signed terms at the City Ground.
Ethan Horvath, Philip Zinckernagel and Jordi Osei-Tutu are the only new additions added to Hughton’s squad. After four straight league defeats, it’s fair to say more needs to be done to bolster the ranks.
How big of a blow is missing out on Rogers to Forest?
This one will sting but Forest can’t compete financially with Bournemouth. The Cherries have the luxury of parachute payments and have actually included an option to buy Rogers for £9 million in his loan deal.
The teenager scored six goals and claimed four assists during 2020/21. His form for Lincoln helped the club reach the League One Play-Off Final.
Naturally, that form has earned him interest from elsewhere, with Bournemouth winning the race for his signature.
He very nearly ended up at Aston Villa too. ESPN claimed earlier during the window that Manchester City offered Rogers in their opening offer for Jack Grealish.
Villa rejected the offer and instead, City parted with £100 million to secure the player’s services.
Where do Forest go now?
Who knows. The City Ground situation is getting pretty desperate. The football is defensive, the signings don’t appear to be forthcoming and the team are pointless after four league games.
There has to be a strategy in place. Of course, Forest are in the market for players this summer that their current clubs want to keep, but there has to be a contingency plan.
Rogers is just one of many players the Forest have tried to sign before the deadline. The club must now move quickly to bolster the squad ahead of Tuesday’s deadline.