Wigan Athletic are eyeing up a double swoop on Nottingham Forest for Harry Toffolo and Jack Colback, according to The Sun. The Reds are looking at offloading several players this month as Steve Cooper tries to reshape his squad.
Forest have thrown themselves firmly into contention to avoid relegation from the Premier League. They defeated Southampton 1-0 last Wednesday to move out of the bottom three for the first time since August.
Now, this month could prove massive. Crunch games against Leicester and Bournemouth are on the horizon but it could be the work done in the transfer market that is more crucial.
Toffolo was signed from Huddersfield in the summer after their play-off final defeat to Forest. He started the season as the first-choice left-back but has since lost his place to Renan Lodi.
Letting him leave would represent a risk though. Omar Richards isn’t yet fit to play and losing Toffolo would leave the Reds with just one left-sided option at full-back.
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It’s a different matter with Colback though. At 33-years-old his best days do look to be behind him and offloading the midfielder wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing at this stage.
He’s certainly been no more than a fringe player this season. He’s spent some time out with a bad back too and perhaps playing regular football would benefit his career at this stage.
Wigan eyeing double swoop for Toffolo and Colback
The Championship strugglers will be desperate to sign some new players this month. Kolo Toure hasn’t enjoyed the best start and he needs some reinforcements to give his team half a chance of survival.
As a result of their league position, perhaps Toffolo and Colback are unrealistic. That said, the duo could hold a desire to play regular football and perhaps that will change things.
Letting Toffolo go would be a risk. That said, if he was allowed to leave perhaps it would suggest that Richards is closer to a return to action than previously anticipated.
Colback looks to be on borrowed time at Forest though. He didn’t do much to suggest he’s capable of playing regularly for the Reds yesterday at Blackpool and the time could be right to send him on his way.