The summer transfer window shuts at 17:00 BST on August 8, which means Sabri Lamouchi has 16 more days to strengthen the Nottingham Forest squad and offload any deadwood. The new Reds manager has been thrifty in the transfer market and ruthless with the axe to try and build a squad good enough to reach the Championship playoffs.
Forest’s team is coming together nicely with six new signings (Sammy Ameobi, Albert Adomah, Arijanet Muric, Tiago Silva, Yuri Ribeiro, Alfa Semedo) and nine players sold or released (Panagiotis Tachtsidis, Stephen Henderson, Apostolos Vellios, Hillal Soudani, Karim Ansarifard, Jorge Grant, Jamie Ward, Liam Bossin, Juan Rafael Fuentes), but Lamouchi may have more business to complete.
Forest still haven’t solved their problems at right-back and could scour the transfer market for another option after missing out on Sam Byram. Lamouchi has Tendayi Darikwa, Matty Cash and Jayden Richardson at his disposal, but Cash isn’t a natural at right-back and Richardson is inexperienced. A new face may be considered but time is running out to locate the ideal defender.
Ben Osborn is on his way out of Forest this summer and may need replacing, but it’s unknown if Lamouchi has anyone attainable on his shortlist. The Reds manager has Brennan Johnson, Arvin Appiah, Albert Adomah, Sammy Ameobi and Joe Lolley who can operate on the left-wing which may be enough for the 2019/20 campaign.
Lamouchi has Lewis Grabban, Tyler Walker and Ameobi in attack but may look to sign another striker if Daryl Murphy and Jason Cummings leave as expected. Karim Ansarifard, Hillal Soudani and Apostolos Vellios have departed this summer, so one new face may be brought in to offset the loss.