Nottingham Forest boss discusses latest transfer with loan market admission

Nottingham Forest boss Chris Hughton remains keen to bolster his advanced resources before the transfer window closes.

The Reds have so far added goalkeeper Ethan Horvath and attacking midfielder Philip Zinckernagel this summer, with right-back Jordi Osei-Tutu set to become the club’s third new signing on loan from Arsenal.

But with a need to get more goals from his team, in a bid to challenge higher in the league standings, Hughton said more work will be done on the transfer market.

Calling in a left-back is a priority, amid a dearth of options, strengthening in the central midfielder and adding a striker.

“We have some areas that we are still working on a lot,” Hughton told NottinghamshireLive.

“We are very aware that we still have to bring more numbers to the team.

“But the priority area was really in this advanced department that can get us goals and assists, to help us win more games.

“So yes, this is an area that we are looking into.”

Forest will also continue to assess potential lenders, with Zinckernagel spending the season at City Ground in Watford and James Garner of Manchester United is still a target.

“I think most teams will try to use the loan market in the best possible way and try to get as many numbers as possible,” said Hughton.

“We were no different last season. We had five players, which is the maximum on loan.

“I think, if possible, the clubs will try to use it again. This is something that always has been, and will be over the years, especially at a time when many clubs are trying to downsize and not have as big a squad as in the past. The loan market then becomes even more valuable.

Zinckernagel made his Garibaldi debut when he came off the bench in Sunday’s league opener loss to Coventry City.

He could feature again when Bradford visits the City Ground during the Carabao Cup tomorrow night.

The 26-year-old helped the Hornets secure a promotion to the Premier League when he arrived in January, on a free transfer from Bodo Glimt.

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And before that, the Dane had scored 19 goals in 28 outings in a winning season for the Norwegian team.

“He has experience. For his age, he’s played a lot of games, ”said Hughton.

“He definitely gives us flexibility down the front line – to the left, to the right or away from the man in front.

“It gives us the opportunity to use it in three different positions.

“He’s someone who has played in European matches and benefited from the experience in this division for half of last season. He took it with him.

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