Players from Rennes, Chelsea and Aston Villa all feature.

Nottingham Forest appointed Philippe Montanier as their new head coach this week, finally filling the vacancy left when Dougie Freedman was fired in March.

The Frenchman arrives with a good reputation from his time at Rennes and Real Sociedad, so who could Forest bring in from Montanier’s past?

Here are three potential options, as Forest look to add to their recent acquisition of Apostolos Vellios in the transfer market

Sunderland’s Ola Toivonen celebrates after Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud scores an own goal and the first for Sunderland

Ola Toivonen

The Swedish international struggled to make an impact in France under Montanier and last season he spent the second half of the campaign on loan at Sunderland.

Despite this they have a strong bond and Montanier was a potent believer in his abilities.

In the Championship he could be a star.

Jeremie Boga

Jeremie Boga

Spent last season on loan at Rennes from Chelsea and is not likely to feature for their first-team anytime soon.

Therefore, the Frenchman is likely to be available on a loan deal once again for the upcoming season. Boga could be a top recruit.

Aston Villa’s Carlos Sanchez

Carlos Sanchez

The Colombian, who is set to play Championship football with Aston Villa next term, played under Montanier at Valenciennes.

He would be a top recruit, albeit an ambitious one, but Forest are aiming for big things – Sanchez could be a brilliant recruit.

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