Date: 14th June 2018 at 3:33pm
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As has been widely reported for several weeks, Nottingham Forest are poised to complete a double deal for Benfica’s Joao Carvalho and Diogo Goncalves. The former is primed to join the Reds in a club-record £13.2M, while the latter is expected to join on a season-long loan. Is this the best illustration of Aitor Karanka’s promotion ambition?

As the Daily Telegraph reports, Forest are on the verge of completing a double deal for the Benfica duo, and the success of Wolves last season showed how important a clear recruitment strategy is. Evidently, Forest doesn’t flaunt corresponding financial superiority, but the proposed moves of Carvalho and Goncalves publicly demonstrate their aspirations of returning to the top-flight of English football.

Wolves displayed the usefulness of adopting a savvy transfer policy. The likes of Ruben Neves and Diego Jota proved to be indispensable figures for Wolverhampton as they won the division with considerable ease.

This isn’t to insinuate that Nottingham Forest will dominate the Championship, or to suggest that their signings are of equal pedigree to the aforementioned Wolves players, but it is evident that Karanka is placing a palpable emphasis on targeting quality young players, that can form the future core of the Forest team.

Without question, a £13M investment is comparatively substantial in the Championship, and while many may consider such a fee to represent a risk, it also signifies the extent of Karanka’s ambition and the belief that he can transform Forest into sincere challengers for promotion to the Premier League.

To his credit, the Spaniard manager is identifying areas of his team that are in need of greater enhancement, and he’s intervened accordingly. With an experienced manager, who has proven his credentials in the Championship, along with a squad that wields a healthy combination of promise and experience, the Reds could mount a forceful charge for promotion.

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