Leo Bonatini in action for his new club against Birmingham City

It has been a busy transfer period for our clubs in the Nottinghamshire with many player arrivals and departures.

With the month-long window closing on Thursday night, clubs have done their upmost to secure players who they hope will be valuable assets during the remaining four months of the season.

Many of our region’s footballers have left their respective clubs in search of first team football and will relish the chance to shine under a new challenge.

Nottingham Forest

The Reds have strengthened their spine by bringing in title winning defender Yohan Benalouane from Leicester on a loan deal until the end of the season.

The City Ground will be host to an abundance of new signings

They have secured the addition of out of favour Wolves striker Leo Bonatini, who will add competition in the final third for the likes of Lewis Grabban and Daryl Murphy.

What caught the eye most was the signing of Pele from AS Monaco who will undoubtedly solidify their midfield, Danny Fox left the club for Wigan after serving the club for five years.

Also leaving the club in search of broader horizons was George Grant and Jordan Smith who joined Mansfield Town on a short-term loan deal.

Notts County

Notts County have been desperately in need of goals all season and have acquired the shrewd addition of Craig Mackail-Smith on loan from Wycombe Wanderers.

The Magpies also secured the loan signings of defender Sam Stubbs from Middlesbrough and the highly rated Nottingham Forest striker Virgil Gomis.


Winger Jorge Grant and goalkeeper Jordan Smith both signed on loan from local rivals Nottingham Forest and both have gone straight in to the first team, with Grant already scoring three in his first four games.

Another addition to the squad is bagsman Nicky Ajose from Charlton, who made his name at Swindon Town, and has already managed to score in January.

Nicky Ajose is a pacey striker with an eye for goal

The Stags also signed two promising defenders on loan, Ryan Sweeney from Stoke and Gethin Jones from Fleetwood.

A major outgoing for Mansfield was Paul Anderson terminating his contract at the club after making 40 appearances since 2017.