Three playing-staff upgrades Nottingham Forest could make without spending a penny

Forest will be desperate to improve next season following a wretched 2015-16 campaign.

The anticipated lifting of Nottingham Forest's transfer embargo offers hope for the new campaign.

But with Fawaz Al-Hasawi said to be umming and ahhing over his future as the Championship club's owner, significant funds may not be forthcoming.

A number of first-team stars - both on loan and on permanent contracts - are approaching the end of their City Ground deals, but luckily there plenty of high-quality free agents knocking about to replace them.

With that in mind, here are three upgrades Forest could make this summer, without so much as a penny changing hands...

3) Tommy Smith for Kelvin Wilson

Wilson has been tipped to leave for some time and certainly played like it when restored to the side in the absence of Michael Mancienne.

And by capturing Smith, Forest would be in possession of one of the Championship's most reliable centre-backs. The 26-year-old Ipswich star has kept clean sheets in a little over a third of his matches this season and made no errors leading to goals for the opposition.

  PositionTeamClean SheetError Lead To GoalAppearances
Tommy Smith DF Ipswich 15 0 43
Kelvin Wilson DF Forest 2 2 14

2) Tom Huddlestone for Andy Reid

It's coming up two years since Reid's last game in a Forest shirt and the interim assistant coach is expected to depart, taking his high wages with him.

Whether those would be high enough to cover Huddlestone's earnings remains to be seen. But what cannot be questioned is the 29-year-old's ability as a Championship - if not Premier League - footballer.

The Nottingham-born former Derby player may fancy a return home this summer if Hull fail to go up.

1) Victor Anichebe for Nelson Oliveira

Oliveira, along with Chris O'Grady and Federico Macheda, is set to return to his parent club at the end of his loan. The return to fitness of Britt Assombalonga should soften that blow but even so, Forest would be left a little short up top.

Anichebe is being released by West Bromwich Albion, according to reports, and would beef up the Reds' attack in more ways than one.

Still only 28, the Nigerian has never played below the Premier League and would complement Assombalonga, while also being able to occupy Oliveira's lone-striker's role.

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