After a tough week in which a club legend turned down the opportunity to manage the club, Nottingham Forest have salvaged some credibility with some interesting additions to their squad.
As the clock struck 11 last night, the dust was settling at the City Ground with Forest having comfortably dispatched fellow strugglers Rotherham United 2-0 thanks to two goals from Britt Assombalonga.
However, business was still in full swing right up to the transfer deadline with Forest rushing through some deals.
The Reds have bolstered their attack this month with the signings of Zach Clough, a young exciting striker who came through the ranks at League One side Bolton Wanderers.
He scored 21 goals in 58 appearances for the Lancashire club and has signed a four and a half year contract for a fee estimated to be around £2.5 million pounds.
Following in the young prodigal footsteps of yet another ‘Cloughie’ is a striker of slightly more experience. Ross McCormack decided he didn’t fancy Birmingham anymore after missing training last week, insisting it wasn’t malicious just that the gates to his house weren’t opening.
So Forest came calling and off he popped to the City Ground on loan until the end of the season – relieving Steve Bruce of a nuisance and giving Forest a handy option upfront for the next four months.
Earlier in the day, the Reds had already been charming Steve Bruce asking if they could have out of favour midfielder Aaron Tshibola for a bit and, after stealing Forest’s best midfielder for around £3 million earlier in the window, Bruce duly obliged and Forest have given themselves another option in midfield for the long relegation dodging slog they inevitably face over the coming months.
Finally, not seeming content with the amount of attacking options Forest now have, Brazil and co went and got Portuguese winger Joao Teixeira from Benfica after Wolves decided they had had enough of the young prodigy.
With the coffers empty Forest sent young guns Tyler Walker (Port Vale), Gerry McDonagh (Cambridge), Ryan Yates (Shrewsbury) and Jorge Grant (Notts County) to get some much needed experience in the rough and tumble of Leagues One and Two.
Overall a pretty rubbish week has ended on some genuine positives for the ailing club. Who wants to bet Nigel Clough is sat at home tutting vigorously wishing he’d said yes?