Nottingham Forest win £250,000 transfer fund, despite FFP embargo

Nottingham Forest have been named as the winners of the SkyBet Transfer Fund.

Forest have fan Shaun Lander to thank, whose betting with Sky this season saw him picked out of a final 10 to claim the prize fund.

Aside from Lander himself winning £5,000, his club were awarded a cheque for £250,000 to be spent in the transfer market - although Forest are in no situation to do that.

Having failed their Financial Fair Play test, Forest are currently under a transfer embargo that will extend to the close of this season at the earliest. Should there be no evidence that the City Ground side have improved by the end of this campaign, the embargo will continue throughout the summer and into next season.

Under the rules imposed upon them, Forest are unable to spend a transfer fee upon a player - with only free transfers and loan arrivals allowed - although the specifics regarding their prize fund were cleared up in the aftermath of the awards ceremony at Wembley Stadium.

The midlands club are allowed to use the fund to pay wages of either incoming free transfers or loans, which could prove very useful should the club look to cancel their embargo by the end of this season. With the fund not included in the losses tally of their accounts, Forest will be able to use the money as expendable cash to hopefully secure some vital players who can lead the side into the Premier League by the end of this campaign - securing some vital prize money that should see the club safe for a number of years.

Considering the random choice of winner, it is ironic that the prize was awarded to one of the few clubs hit with a transfer embargo in the current season, and there seems to be an injustice that a club renowned for their overspending have been given free money to spend, whilst a number of clubs in England’s lower leagues are still struggling for survival on a shoestring budget.

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