John Percy has claimed that Nottingham Forest are set to complete the signings of Harry Toffolo and Lewis O’Brien from Huddersfield Town. Both players are due in Nottingham for medical examinations tomorrow.

The Reds have stuck the boot into the team they defeated in the Championship play-off final. Forest have agreed on a fee of around £10 million for both players, prior to a series of add-ons.

Steve Cooper spoke at length yesterday about the need to get moving with regards to transfers. Now, he’s set to bolster his ranks in two different positions and that represents a huge step.

Forest to sign Toffolo and O'Brien
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The Reds have been tracking the duo since promotion was secured. Toffolo enjoyed his best season as a professional during 2021/22, scoring six goals and claiming eight assists from his 48 appearances.

O’Brien has been one of the Championship’s best midfielders for the last 18 months. He’s come through the youth ranks in West Yorkshire and made 50 appearances for the Terriers last term.

Interest in the central midfielder has been rife. Leeds were keen to sign him in January, although O’Brien remained loyal to Huddersfield with Carlos Corberan defying the odds at the club.

West Ham have also been mentioned as admirers previously. With the Hammers now competing in Europe, they’re perhaps looking to fry bigger fish with their signings these days.

This is a remarkable deal from a Forest perspective. They will sign two players at a decent age who will provide upgrades on options in the existing squad.

Forest set to sign Toffolo and O’Brien

After another pretty underwhelming pre-season run-out, this news will delight the Forest supporters. Seeing O’Brien and Toffolo unveiled tomorrow would certainly represent a fine start to the week.

Forest to sign Toffolo and O'Brien
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The Reds will still need a few more players to come into the club. The final third sees resources stretched somewhat and attacking talent will definitely be needed at Forest.

O’Brien in particular is a great signing. Carlos Corberan called him ‘exceptional’ in March following a Man of the Match performance against Bournemouth.

For Toffolo, his place in the team is perhaps more uncertain. Forest have also signed Omar Richards this summer and the pair will likely compete for the left-sided wing-back spot.

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