Nottingham Forest in London transfer talks - Sources

By Pete O'Rourke, Transfer Correspondent

3rd Jun, 2023 | 10:00am

Sources: Nottingham Forest in London transfer talks

Nottingham Forest chiefs held a transfer summit in London earlier this week to discuss plans for the upcoming summer window, sources have told Football Insider.

It is believed owner Evangelos Marinakis, manager Steve Cooper and members of Forest’s recruitment staff were present in the capital.

A well-placed source has told Football Insider that the Midlands club are ready for another “busy summer” of ins and outs after securing their Premier League status.

Nottingham Forest confirmed survival with one game to spare after beating Arsenal 1-0 at home last month (20 May).

They eventually finished 16th – four points clear of the drop zone.

The Midlands club reportedly spent around £162million on 30 new arrivals in the 2022-23 campaign, including on the club-record signing of Morgan Gibbs-White – who proved one of the signings of the season.

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Loan stars Renan Lodi, Dean Henderson and Keylor Navas have been among their most impressive performers – and decisions will now need to be made on potential permanent moves.

Forest have already confirmed exits (2 June) for six senior players after the conclusion of the 2022-23 season.

Andre Ayew, Cafu, Jack Colback, Jesse Lingard, Jordan Smith and Lyle Taylor will all depart the City Ground when their contracts expire at the end of this month.

Meanwhile, Serge Aurier has triggered a one-year extension clause in his deal after joining the club on a free transfer in September 2022.

Manager Cooper was present for the summit in London after staving off the threat of the sack in the 2022-23 campaign.

Speaking in April, Forest owner Marinakis publicly warned him that “results and performances must improve immediately” as rumours rumbled about a potential axing.

The Midlands club appointed former Rangers and Southampton chief Ross Wilson as their chief football officer in April after the departure of Filippo Giraldi earlier that month.

In other news, big Nottingham Forest FFP update as request rejected.