Head coach Steve Cooper is anticipating incomings and outgoings at Nottingham Forest in the final week of the January transfer window.
So far this month, the Reds have bolstered their squad with Brazilian duo Gustavo Scarpa and Danilo, along with on-loan Newcastle United striker Chris Wood. Meanwhile, of those heading in the opposite direction, Loic Bade’s loan from Rennes was cut short and Loic Mbe Soh will spend the second half of the campaign at French outfit Guingamp.
Injuries have had a significant impact on the club’s transfer plans. They have been targeting a centre-back and, amid interest in PSG stopper Keylor Navas, Cooper says Forest are still weighing up whether to bring in a goalkeeper, following an injury to Dean Henderson.
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The Reds boss previously indicated exits were unlikely while he had a long absentee list to contend with and until new arrivals came in. But with three through the door, the number of injury victims easing slightly and the countdown to next Tuesday's 11pm deadline on, some departures are likely over the next week.
“I definitely see some ins and outs before the window closes. How many and who and what it looks like is never a straightforward process,” said Cooper, ahead of Wednesday night’s Carabao Cup semi-final first leg against Manchester United.
“But we’re definitely clear about what we would like to do. Hopefully we can get it done.”
Finishing the window with sufficient strength in depth across the squad is the aim for the Reds. And, as was the case with Wood, Cooper has also been eager to target players who can slot straight into the starting XI.
After Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Bournemouth, the Welshman said of debutant Wood: “He has great experience. We know from our due diligence that he’s a fantastic professional and a fantastic teammate, and is really committed to giving his best and winning.
“We saw that in the dressing room, both at half-time and before the game. We need that.
“We’re sure he’ll do well for us. He offers us something we haven’t had before. We’re really pleased he’s with us.”
When it comes to potential outgoings, out-of-favour trio Cafu, Lyle Taylor and Harry Arter would be free to move on. The latter has not been part of the first-team set-up for some time, while Cafu and Taylor were left out of the 25-man Premier League squad for the first half of the season.
There has also been speculation about Emmanuel Dennis. Cooper has previously suggested the attacker could still have a part to play, but did add: “If things change in the next few weeks with any of these boys, anything can happen.”
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