By Danny Wright
Nottingham Forest interim boss Gary Brazil has revealed that the club are still on the hunt for a centre-back and goalkeeper, with free agents the only route now that the transfer window has shut.
Talking to the Nottingham Post, Brazil said that they are still looking strengthen the squad in a bid to avoid relegation from the Championship as the current set of players are down to the bare bones.
However Brazil has admitted that their search may come to a halt as a number of key players return from injury.
“We are looking. We have not taken anyone as yet but we are aware of key positions in which we might need to strengthen,” said Brazil. “Nothing has been finalised and we will keep looking.
“But injured players are starting to get fit again, which is really good – and might help us to not have to pursue this route.
“We have been looking hard. But there is nothing at this moment in time. Centre-half (is one area) and we have been a little bit light in the goalkeeper area as well.”
Academy product Jordan Smith had to start in goal in their 2-1 loss to Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday after an injury to Stephen Henderson has ruled him out for the season.
Brazil, and the Forest fans, remain impatient with the more experienced Vladimir Stojkovic after a series of poor performances.
Danny Fox has had to fill in as a centre-back due to recent injuries to Jack Hobbs and Michael Mancienne, although he has done a stellar job in the role.
Forest are struggling in the Championship this year and have lost three games in a row.
They face a trip to Wigan on Saturday which could prove to be very important at the bottom of the table.
Nottingham Forest are just five points clear of the Latics who are the top side in the relegation zone.
Football Insider Verdict
Forest are sliding towards the bottom three after what initially looked to be a good call to sack Philippe Montanier in January. Their squad is in desperate need of a goalkeeper and a centre-back but there have been no strong reports to indicate they are close to filling these gaps. Brazil seems to believe that his current squad will be able to cope, but it’s only a matter of time before they will be walking on thin ice again – and that is something the Forest board cannot take a chance with.
Due to Brazil only being in charge until the end of the season, it is doubtful that the transfer dealings are being left to him. However, he is showing some good faith in his current squad and that could count for something come the end of the season.
In other Nottingham Forest news, there has been a major development in the search for the next manager at the City Ground.