Frustration for Nottingham Forest as Djamel Abdoun refuses to leave

Nottingham Forest can free up funds if they move Djamel Abdoun on, but the Algeria international is staying put and says he has done nothing wrong.

Nottingham may not be able to invest in permanent additions during the January transfer window, but the terms of their embargo dictate that they can pump funds saved by moving players out into wages for loan recruits.

Stuart Pearce can use 75 per cent of any salaries freed up on fresh faces, which could prove useful in his efforts to bolster his ranks.

He is, however, struggling to offload one of the club’s highest earners and one firmly out of the first-team picture.

Djamel Abdoun, a man with Champions League experience under his belt, arrived from Olympiakos in the summer of 2013 with high expectations and a big pay packet.

He has, however, done little to justify his reported £35,000-per-week or the sizeable fee required to secure his services.

If Forest could move him on, they would have a useful lump of cash to work with.

The problem is, the Algeria international penned a three-year contract upon his arrival and has no intention of walking away from a lucrative deal.

Abdoun’s attitude has been questioned on a regular basis since he moved to the City Ground, which has led to him being frozen out.

He may claim that he has done nothing wrong and continues to give his all on the training field, but surely he would be involved in Championship competition if that were the case.

At the moment he is an expensive luxury Forest cannot afford to have, but every effort to negotiate a release which suits all parties has come to nothing.

Abdoun has every right to take what he feels he deserves, with a contract a two-way thing, but his ambition also has to be called into question here as he is 28 years of age and should be looking to play as often as possible, not accept life in the shadows and spend another 18 months draining funds from the Forest bank account.

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