Not content with just looking at one Australian midfielder this summer, Nottingham Forest have turned their attention to a second one.
Reports coming in from LondonFootballNews state that Forest are set to join the hunt for Queens Park Rangers’ Massimo Luongo. With Luongo about to enter the final year of his contract, it would be beneficial for the West London Club to sell now rather than letting his contract run down and risk losing him for nothing next summer.
Central midfield has to be a high priority for Nottingham Forest this season, so it’s good to see that they are addressing the position at the start of the window rather than leaving it to the last minute.
If things go the way they seem to be heading, then Forest are going to look pretty thin in the central midfield department come next season. Claudio Yacob is being linked with a move to Olympiacos, Liam Bridcutt time seems to be up as well with Peterborough lurking. That only leaves Adlène Guédioura and Ben Watson, both of whom are 33, to partner the up and coming Ryan Yates who is beginning to impress a few of the City Ground faithful.
And even if the two transfers don’t go through, both Yacob and Bridcutt are over 30 years old, so they are going to need some youthful exuberance in there and Luongo brings that, with WhoScored.com praising his dribbling ability, so he can add another dynamic to that ageing midfield.
It would certainly be a bit of a bold step for Martin O’Neill to take. He’s been very frugal in the transfer market so far, only adding Sammy Ameobi on a free transfer and reportedly looking to sign Alan Hutton on a free transfer as well. With Luongo’s value standing at just over £4m it would certainly show a bit more ambition by the Irishman when it comes to shaping his side.