Nottingham Forest boss Chris Hughton is pressing ahead with potential incomings at the City Ground, with Watford’s Philip Zinckernagel and Fortuna Sittard midfielder Zian Flemming being targeted according to The Telegraph’s John Percy.
Forest are yet to make a signing but the decks have been cleared of several wages to make way for players to come into the club, and it looks like Hughton has his eyes on two players in particular.
26-year-old Zinckernagel only joined Watford in January on a five-and-a-half year contract having been a revelation for Norwegian side Bodø/Glimt, and made 20 appearances for the Hornets in the second half of their promotion campaign.
However it looks as though he will be allowed to leave for the season to seek more minutes and being a winger or an attacking midfielder, Zinckernagel plays in positions that the club need to strengthen.
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Percy believes though that a second offer has been made for the attacking midfielder, who scored 12 Eredivisie goals and added seven assists to that tally in a productive 2020-21 season.
With a new transfer team in place and the arrival of new CEO Dane Murphy imminent, it looks like the club are now pressing ahead with some potential exciting new recruits.
A lot of strengthening is required to better their 17th-placed finish from last season – especially going forward as there’s gaps in the attacking midfield, the wing and up-front that need to be addressed.
If they’re able to get Zinckernagel and Flemming over the line then it will certainly be a statement of intent to the rest of the league – especially if Flemming is going to cost a significant fee – but you get the feeling that Forest fans are slightly worried about not having any deals actually over the line right now so they may want to wrap one of them up soon before there is unrest.