Nottingham Forest fans were busy refreshing social media every five minutes on transfer deadline day, leaving many supporters reaching for the Pro Plus and Lucozade as the night wore on.
It’s always amazing how clubs seemingly take so long to sign their players. In the post-pandemic era, this has proved a tricky window though and Forest were in a similar situation to several other Championship clubs.
The Reds offloaded three, and added three, with paperwork submitted for one more arrival (we’ve been here before, Kamil Grosicki, we’re looking at you).
Here is a helpful ‘in case you missed it’ round-up of the club’s deadline day activity…
Who joined Forest on deadline day?:
The Paraguayan international was probably Forest’s most exciting signing of deadline day. Clearly, Dane Murphy has pulled some strings to get this deal over the line.
A 21-year-old central midfielder, Ojeda could provide something different in midfield and he’s penned a four-year deal.
The right-back checked in from Olympiacos, although he has played a lot of his football in Germany with Freiburg and Paderborn.
Cynics will say this is Evangelos Marinakis interfering again. Although it’s worth nothing that one of Forest’s new recruitment team worked for Stuttgart in Germany prior to his City Ground move.
Drager is a Tunisian international.
Josh Maja was thought to be a target, although some reports claimed there was an issue over his medical. That meant Forest had to think on their feet.
Silva joins from West Ham on a two-year contract. His goalscoring record isn’t exactly sparkling but he can also play on the wing and at 24 still has plenty of potential.
Who departed Forest on deadline day?:
The right-back has played in four of Forest’s five games this season. Clearly, he’s not fancied by Chris Hughton though and he was allowed to join Blackpool.
He signed permanent terms at Bloomfield Road penning a four-year contract with the option of a fifth. Clearly, Forest youngster Fin Back has impressed the manager and the Reds have chosen to cash in.
Whip out the party poppers and tuck into a big slice of Colin the Caterpillar cake, Forest have finally got some of Arter’s wages off the books.
The Reds handed him a £38,000-a-week contract last summer and he’s never remotely justified even half of such a salary.
Arter has joined Charlton on loan and his Forest future looks extremely bleak.
Nuno Da Costa
Who, I hear you ask at the back. It’d be easy for some Forest fans to forget all about the Cape Verde international. He signed in January 2020 and failed to find the net in 14 appearances.
Da Costa has joined Caen on loan for the rest of the season. He will be out of contract in the summer of 2023 and this has proved another poor deal by Forest.
Anymore for anymore:
Go on then, there is one more piece of business that could happen today. Djed Spence is a target. Forest submitted their paperwork prior to the deadline last night and fancy the Middlesbrough performer on loan.
The 21-year-old was linked with Tottenham in 2020 and has played in three Championship games for Boro this season. He can play at right-back or on the right-flank and looks like a very exciting talent.
Unlike the Kamil Grosicki saga, it looks as though Forest did submit the paperwork on time. The club will wait and see if he gets the nod of approval from the EFL later today.