EXCLUSIVE By Pete O’Rourke
Nottingham Forest are ready to listen to offers for Matt Mills, Jamie Ward, Mustapha Carayol and Apostolos Vellios before the close of the transfer window, Football Insider sources understand.
New Forest boss Aitor Karanka is ready to make changes to his squad at the City Ground and he knows he must offload some of his squad if he is to bring in new faces.
A well-placed source has told Football Insider that Mills, Ward, Carayol and Vellios do not figure in Karanka’s plans going forward and have been told they can find new clubs.
Mills started Karanka’s first game in charge against Aston Villa, but was on the bench for the weekend win over Wolves following the return of Joe Worrall from suspension, while Northern Ireland international Ward came on as a substitute against Villa, but was not in the matchday squad against Wolves.
Carayol and Vellios were both on the bench for the game at Wolves alongside Mills and Karanka is ready to let the quartet leave the City Ground.
Centre-back Mills and winger Carayol are both out of contract this summer and Forest would like to cash in on them now rather than allow them to run down their contracts and possibly leave for nothing in the summer.
Greek striker Vellios, who still has two-and-a-half years left on his contract, has made just one appearance in the EFL Cup way back in August this season after finding himself out of favour under former boss Mark Warburton.
Ward, who has only made seven appearances off the bench so far this season, has 18 months to run on his deal.
Forest are now waiting to see if any clubs come in for the quartet as they look to trim their squad and raise some funds to strengthen the squad elsewhere.