With their bid for promotion to the Premier League still in limbo, Nottingham Forest manager Martin O’Neill is likely to have one eye upon the summer transfer window.
The Reds’ latest assault on the play-off spots has somewhat derailed in recent weeks, having been held to a 1-1 draw away from home against Ipswich Town, and been defeated by three goals to one at home to promotion rivals Aston Villa too.
Nevertheless, Forest still sit within touching distance of the top six, occupying 11th spot in the Sky Bet Championship table, three points off the play-offs, albeit with the teams above having a game or two in hand.
But with the end of the season fast approaching, O’Neill is likely to be planning a host of summer signings that will help Forest gain promotion next season, if they fail to do so this time around.
Reports have recently surfaced claiming that Wigan’s Gavin Massey is on the Reds’ radar, with his contract at the DW Stadium expiring at the end of the campaign.
The winger played an integral role in the Latics’ promotion from League One last term, and has also been impressive this season as well – scoring three goals and producing one assist in what has been a difficult campaign for the club.
A fast, direct wide-man, Massey’s arrival at the City Ground would certainly ruffle a few feathers, none other than Matty Cash who will have to be at his best to keep his place in the side.
The 21-year-old has been a regular for the Reds this season, putting in a string of impressive performances for the Reds. The winger puts in so much work-rate and energy down the right flank, and possesses similar traits to what Massey has in his locker.
The winger, who has scored eight goals in all competitions this season, has endured a turbulent time with injuries of late, but will be desperate to make an impact under O’Neill in the latter stages of this campaign.
Massey’s arrival would provide real competition to Cash, and he will know that he has to be at the top of his game in order to keep his place in the side.