By Wayne Veysey

30th Aug, 2016 | 9:05am

Notts Forest owner reveals big Assombalonga bid, shares how many signings to arrive

By Joe Nelson

Nottingham Forest are expecting to bring in up to four new players before the end of the transfer window.

Forest chairman Fawaz Al Hasawi made the bold claim as he promised no more departures before the window shuts on Wednesday night.

Al Hasawi has admitted that it has been a tough 24 hours at the City Ground, after the £13million departure of teenage sensation Oliver Burke to Red Bull Leipzig on Sunday.

But he remains confident that this transfer window can still be seen in a positive light among fans and that some fresh blood will help invigorate Forest’s season.

“We are negotiating with a few players. It could be three or four, we will see. We do not want to announce anything until the deals are done,” Al Hasawi told the Nottingham Post.

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“I had a big offer for Britt Assombalonga and I could probably get more, but we do not want to sell. People have been calling, but he is not for sale. We have had offers for other players too, but we do not want to sell them.
“We have done nothing behind the manager’s back. Getting £13m for Burke is good money for the club. We can run the club with this and also bring in some very good players. We will invest the money.”
Fawaz admits that he and his board came under major scrutiny on social media following the departure of Burke, but insists that he made the right move and can win back over some of the loyal supporters by Wednesday night.

“Sometimes a club has to sell a player and invest again in the club. It happens at Barcelona and Real Madrid as well,” Al Hasawi added to the Nottingham Post. It is football.

“I love our fans and I want them to be happy. I hope they will be happy when they see the players we are bringing in. We are in a good position and we have to back up the team with a few more players. Hopefully we will complete a few things in the next 24 hours.

The Reds currently sit just outside the play-off zone in seventh after a comfortable start to the season, picking up nine points from their opening five games.

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