Things aren’t going well for Forest with a chaotic transfer approach as they turn to Mike Ashley’s closest allies for help

The return of FOREST to the Prem was the feel-good story of the summer.

But behind the scenes, the situation seems chaotic.

Boss Steve Cooper could be at odds with Forest owner Evangelos Marinakis over transfers after promotion to the Prem

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Boss Steve Cooper could be at odds with Forest owner Evangelos Marinakis over transfers after promotion to the PremCredit: EPA
Man Utd's England midfielder Jesse Lingard is one of 11 high-profile signings

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Man Utd’s England midfielder Jesse Lingard is one of 11 high-profile signingsPhoto credit: Getty

Boss Steve Cooper and his staff seem out of sync with owner Evangelos Marinakis and his hiring policies.

Nottingham Forest have signed Dean Henderson as well as Taiwo Awoniyi (£17.2m), Neco Williams (£17m), Orel Mangala (£12.75m), Moussa Niakhate (£10m), Omar Richards (£10m), Harry Toffolo and Lewis on loan O’Brien (joint £10m deal), Giulian Biancone (£5m), Wayne Hennessey (free) and Jesse Lingard (free).

Amazingly, Forest appear to have made offers for up to 30 players while many of those transfers remain in limbo.

SunSport spoke to sporting directors from other teams who claimed that when they tried to sign a player, the selling club said Forest had already gotten there first.

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But if deals don’t go through, which appears to be the case, the whole transfer merry-go-round will become confusing.

Marinakis, who also owns Olympiakos in Greece, has a team of agents working tirelessly to strengthen the squad.

But there seems to be little real plan behind all the signings.

You can’t blame Forest for not trying – but look what happened to Fulham when they spent £100m in 2018.

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Meanwhile, Forest turns to Lee Charnley, one of former Newcastle owner Mike Ashley’s closest allies, for some Prem experience.

Although not full-time, he will be working on the business side.

LEAGUE FOR YOUR OWN

JULES BREACH and Hugh Woozencroft do a great job as the new faces of ITV Sport’s EFL coverage.

It must be difficult to present these almost two hour shows with so many highlights packages and different talking points with the expert. Mainly because every show is filmed live.

WEMBLEY WAIT

WEMBLEY tests 1,784 seats with safety rails – but there may be NO safe footing at the stadium this season.

Brentford, QPR and Wolves join Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham and Cardiff in introducing a secure footing this season.

Wembley just fit new seats before putting the rails on and seeing how that works.

So while everything will be in place behind both goals for the Uefa Nations League home game against Germany on September 26, the English fans are expected to – in theory – remain seated.

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