From the start of the season, Nottingham Forest haven't had it easy in the transfer market. Mostly, this is because of the transfer embargo that currently overshadows the East-Midlands club in which they cannot purchase a player for a transfer fee and must keep their squad size and their wage budgets at certain limits. They have brought in players such as Jamie Ward and Matt Mills, but both of these were free transfers.
However, bringing players in and players leaving the club haven't been the clearest at times. In the past fortnight, it has been speculated that both Michail Antonio and Henri Lansbury are on their way out of Forest only then to be shut down by Chairman Fawaz Al-Hawasi on Twitter.
Then it popped up again last week on Sky Sports. The news broke that Lansbury was due for a medical at Burnley after the two clubs reached an agreed fee of £4 million, this was again cast aside as only speculation by Al-Hawasi. He stated that ''We have no intention to sell our best players'', and he has been true to his word.
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Players leaving isnt the only problem at Forest, with people coming in also proving a hitch for the club. Goalkeeper Ben Hamer was meant to have joined Forest on a season long loan from East-Midland rivals Leicester, but this fell through due to complications with Financial Fair Play. Hamer has since gone to Bristol City.
Another hitch Forest have had is with Spaniard Daniel Pinillos. The full back has been confirmed as a signing on the 30th July but things are never as smooth as they appear. For 14 days, Pinillos was unable to play for Forest, missing out on the first game of the season, and Forest's clash with Walsall.
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This was due to Pinillos not having international clearance to play from the Spanish FA and it took all of 14 days for the Football League to gain clearance from the Spanish FA so that Pinillos could play for Forest.
In this time of instability for Forest, with the embargo in place and having already lost their two first games of the season, it is a sigh of relief to Forest fans to know that even though they are under the transfer embargo, that they will not sell their top players. This has been proven time and time again by billionaire owner Al-Hawasi who has stood by his word.
Times have changed at the City Ground since the Doughty Era, with speculation that the Kuwaiti owners were involved in more than just money management; speculation that was quickly dismissed by both the owners and the managers. now, Nottingham Forest have owners with immense monetary value and unlike some other owners, an immense passion for the club they owns.
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