It’s been a week since the January transfer window slammed shut and yet Sabri Lamouchi’s Nottingham Forest side have seemingly got unfinished business on their hands.
Over the past month, the club was able to bring in a number of fresh faces to bolster the ranks. The experienced Cameroonian full-back Gaetan Bong made the switch from Premier League Brighton as Lamouchi again dipped into the French market for striker Nuno De Costa.
Fellow Championship club Huddersfield were happy to loan out Adama Diakhaby to help the Reds promotion push, while free-scoring Tyler Walker was recalled from Lincoln City.
On the whole, Forest have achieved what they set out to do but there is one man who is still curiously missing.
Marcus McGuane, currently at FC Barcelona, was heavily tipped to make the switch from the Camp Nou to the City Ground in the final week of the January transfer window.
Unlike the usual rumour mill that goes around in the transfer periods, there was a bit more to this move than just hearsay. As the saying goes, there’s no smoke without fire and those flames were lit when Barcelona recalled the holding midfielder from his loan with Dutch side Telstar.
— Witte Leeuwen (@telstar1963nv) February 1, 2020
Yet, since that happened the day after the window closed, nothing has happened.
Barcelona have been quiet on the issue whilst Lamouchi and Forest have also remained tight-lipped on the whole affair and news out of the City Ground is very much focused on the pitch.
Instead, the Frenchman has been looking forward to a demanding few weeks for the Reds.
“We are in a great position but one month ago that was not the case,” he said.
“We just want to be in the race, do our job and enjoy our football. We’re in a good moment right now and we hope to be in a good position at the end of this month.”s
Lamouchi, who has been nominated for January’s manager of the month, has his mind elsewhere . In his defence, McGuane would likely not be involved with the first team and Lamouchi’s side have the small issue of promotion to consider.
McGuane, 21, from Greenwich came through Arsenal’s highly celebrated youth academy before switching over to La Masia in 2018.
He made history for the Catalan Club in March of 2018 when he was substituted on for Aleix Vidal in the Supercopa de Catalunya final, thus becoming the first Englishman to represent Barcelona’s first team since Gary Lineker in 1989.
Barcelona won on penalties but McGuane hasn’t appeared for them since.
“We’re in a good moment right now and we hope to be in a good position at the end of this month”
Sabri Lamouchi, NOTTINGHAM FOREST MANAGER
The midfielder would instead turn out for Barcelona B, the club’s second team, before moving to Telstar at the start of this season.
All whilst making the occasional appearance for England’s highly successful youth teams over the past five years. Clearly, there’s a lot of talent here.
When Forest secured the signing of AIK’s Julian Larsson, many expected that McGuane would follow the Swedish youth international to the City Ground shortly after and join the ranks of Forest’s talented under 23’s squad.
No such move materialised and as the window closed people were left wondering what had happened. Is the move still on?
For the time being, there’s no way to be sure. Organising a move between three clubs, especially from overseas, is always tricky business.
It looks as if if the move is still on, as the clubs hash out the paperwork that would move McGuane to the City Ground.