A confusing transfer window has seen bizarre transfer activity at Nottingham Forest. What on earth is going on at the City Ground?
You have to feel sorry for Peterborough’s George Boyd. For all the antics and shenanigans that went in involving Peter Odemwingie on Thursdays Deadline Day Boyd can be completely separated. Out of contract in the summer it is fair to say the 27-year-old has done his time. After being released by Charlton he worked his way into the first-team at Stevenage Borough before moving to The Posh in 2007. A few promotions here and there later and he has established himself as a top Championship player. With his contract running out Peterborough were more than happy to let their six-year-veteran move on with a move on Thursday.
Two offers were received from Crystal Palace and Nottingham Forest and both were accepted but Boyd chose Forest; and why not? He spent a spell on loan there in 2010 and we all know of their rich history under the guise of the magnetically mercurial Brian Clough.
He spent all day jumping through hoops before in the end he was told he had failed a medical; due to ‘inconclusive vision tests’. Anybody who has ever witnessed first-hand the long range shooting ability of Boyd will testify that the Forest optometrist must have made a mistake.
But I smell a rat.
McLeish clearly wanted the player and made no mistake letting people know that during the day. So for the club to pull the plug on the deal for something as mundane as an eye test is peculiar to say the least.
Posh chairman Darragh MacAnthony was left fuming about the decision as they missed out on a cash injection at London Road and the deal was shelved too late to regain Crystal Palace’s initial interest. Even more cryptic is Forest’s apparent desire to then take the midfielder on-loan for the rest of the season!
The Al-Hasawi family from Kuwait took over the club earlier this year promising heavy investment at the City Ground but that has not been forthcoming. The way the Boyd deal; and potential moves for Stephen Ward and Chris Burke also fell through is intriguing to put it politely.
Do they have the funds? Or are they simply not putting them into the club?
The fact they also released Lee Camp during the window and look to have replaced him with a little known Kuwaiti goalkeeper called Khalid Al-Rashidi tells me at least that not all is well at Nottingham Forest.
Forest fans what are your thoughts on a bizarre transfer window?
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