Dougie Freedman admits club have not yet made their mind up on whether to accept bids for Michail Antonio and Michael Mancienne

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Nottingham Forest may still sell one of their star players before Tuesday's deadline.

Nottingham Forest boss Dougie Freedman has been speaking to the press after forest lost 2-1 at home to Cardiff City yesterday with a performance that certainly left some Forest fans disappointed with the performance of their team.

The club are now on just five points from their opening five games and pessimism is already starting to set in at the club.

With the transfer window closing on Tuesday, Forest might be expected to do some business – but that is easier said than done.

They remain under a transfer embargo and therefore cannot buy any players. With that in mind it is keeping hold of their key players which must be of paramount importance, which Freedman reiterated to BBC Nottingham yesterday:

“We can’t spend any money. So we are going to have to look at loans and brace ourselves if any bids come in for our players.

“For the last three or four weeks we’ve had bids coming in. People are looking at us in a very vulnerable financial state right now with this embargo and are looking to try their luck."

In particular he was seemingly discussing the futures of winger Michail Antonio and utility man Michael Mancienne.

As reported by the BBC Forest had a £4 million offer from West Ham, as well at Matt Jarvis on loan for the season, for Antonio which was to be rejected.

Sky Sports also reported Fulham had made a bid for Mancienne.

“We are bracing ourselves for, probably higher bids than we have right now. These bids have not been accepted and we’ll embrace whatever comes back, if anything does.

“We’ve not turned down any bids. Right now we have got the bids on the table and we will decide as a football club when we go back and what we do.”

Freedman did however go on to admit that a sale would comfortably see them out of the transfer embargo they currently find themselves in – which must be a tempting factor:

“If I was to sell a player we would comfortably be out [of the transfer embargo], done, job done. But I have got to weigh up these wonderful fans.”

As much as Forest fans and Freedman will undoubtedly want to keep their star men the fact is one sale might just get things back to relative normality at the City Ground.

That must be a massive consideration.

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