Mark Warburton manager of Nottingham Forest
A grand total of 16 new faces arrived at Nottingham Forest last season. And it’s telling that half of them rocked up from clubs outside of British shores.
Consequently, the likes of Nicolao Dumitru, Hildeberto Pereria, Lica and Thomas Lam had no Championship experience to call upon when the going got tough. Therefore, with Forest only securing their survival on the final day of the season, it’s little surprise that manager Mark Warburton appears to be changing their approach in the transfer market.
Proven second tier campaigners appear to be the order of the day at the City Ground this summer.
Fulham's Kevin Mcdonald
HITC sources told us recently that Forest are challenging play-off final losers Reading for Fulham midfielder Kevin McDonald this summer. An underrated, consistent presence at the heart of Slavisa Jokanovic’s team, the Scot featured in all but one Championship game last season.
McDonald also spent two years in the second tier with Wolves.
Furthermore, our sources also told us that Forest are challenging QPR and Sheffield United for Tommie Hoban this summer with the defender struggling for opportunities at Watford.
The 23-year-old impressed on loan at Blackburn Rovers last season and earned rave reviews when initially breaking into The Hornets first-team while they were fighting for promotion to the Premier League.
Though he was outshone by 20-year-old winger Connor Mahoney. With his contract expiring this summer, relegated Rovers are resigned to losing their prized asset and Forest are the latest name in the frame following previous links with Barnsley, according to our sources.
Therefore, it’s not too much of a stretch to suggest that Warburton wants players to know the league after the struggles of last season.