Nottingham Forest manager Steve McClaren has joined the supporters’ chorus of concern about the lack of players coming into the club.

Forest have seen nine players walk through the exit door at The City Ground since their season ended, including loan stars Kris Boyd and Paul Konchesky, while Andy Reid is the only addition to date.

Speaking about the criticisms of so few new additions, McClaren said: "I share the fans' concerns.

"We need to get players in and get them in as soon as possible to make sure we make a better start than we have done in the last two seasons, which have been disappointing for many reasons.”

McClaren went on to state that improving the side is of utmost importance, but also that the urgency to add to his side has been met by difficult negotiations with clubs over fees, and then agents over personal terms.


"It's important we improve the squad, it's important that we get the numbers in and it's important that we get the right quality and right players.

"When you are doing that it is difficult to negotiate with clubs and agents - there are a lot of things going on behind the scenes.

"Everyone is ferreting around, working so hard to bring players in.

"But we've just got to keep going and realise the urgency of the situation that we need players."

One piece of news that could allay some of the supporters’ fears is news that Forest have made an enquiry into the availability of Wayne Routledge.

Routledge played a key role in Newcastle’s promotion to the Barclays Premier League two seasons ago, and the same for Queens Park Rangers last season whilst on loan at Loftus Road.

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