October 28 1999

Brennan On His Way To Forest: Newspaper reports are today claiming that Bristol City have today accepted Forest's bid for Canadian left-back Jim Brennan. Stories vary as to exactly what Forest have offered Bristol City for the defender the money appears to be around 1.5 million, but there is also the possibility of 1, 2 or 3 players moving the other way depending on which paper you read.

Jim Brennan is expected at The City Ground tomorrow to discuss personal terms with the club and David Platt is hopeful that things can be sorted out before tomorrows 5:00pm deadline to enable Brennan to play on Saturday against Barnsley.

October 27 1999

Marlon Returns: Ian Wright's move to Celtic has thrown Marlon Harewood a lifeline as he try's once again to impress David Platt. Marlon was earlier this week linked to a possible swap deal with Bristol City for their left back Jim Brennan.

Ian Wright's move could also be fortunate for David Freeman who will step up to the first team squad tonight. The 19 year old striker has impressed everyone who has seen him playing for the youth team and he has scored more goals than Harewood did at this level. Marlon will get the place in the starting line up and Freeman will start on the bench. It will be interesting to see if he gets any time on the pitch tonight.

October 26 1999

Wright Linked With Move To Celtic: National newspapers this morning are carrying reports that Ian Wright could be going to Celtic. It is rumoured that John Barnes has already approached West Ham about the move and is now waiting to speak to Wright about the deal.

We will keep you informed as and when the situation develops.

October 24 1999

Draper And Todd Latest Targets: Mark Draper is again being linked with a 2million move to The City Ground after being told by Villa that he can leave. Bolton centre-back Andy Todd, son of the former manager Colin Todd, is on the transfer list following the resignation of his farther. David Platt is today linked by a national newspaper to a 500,000 bid for the player.

October 23 1999

500,000 For Palmer: Carlton Palmer is hoping to complete a permanent move to Coventry City within the week. Palmer has already said that he does not want to return to The City Ground. Forest are thought to be looking for a fee of around 500,000 for the midfielder.

October 20 1999

Moore Defenders Anyone?: The latest player to be linked with a move to The City Ground is  Bradford City centre back Darren Moore. Moore was recently the subject of a failed 900,000 bid by Portsmouth and is attracting the interest of David Platt, Sheffield United, Brentford and Rangers. A varied selection indeed.

October 19 1999

More Confusion Over Left-Back: Though David Platt and Alan Rogers have both denied it, the rumours linking Rogers with a move to Liverpool refuse to go away. This time it appears that Bristol City have confirmed they have turned down a "major offer" from Forest for their Canadian left-back Jim Brennan.

Sources in Liverpool claim that Liverpool have now stepped up their interest in Rogers, and should Brennan actually arrive at The City Ground the it would clear the way for Forest to sell Rogers.

Brennan is valued at the 1million mark and Forest value Rogers at at least four times that amount so it will be a case of can Forest turn down a 3million pay day or not.

John On The Move: The American MLS season is drawing to a close at the moment and Stern John is looking to sort out his future. Currently three clubs are confirmed as linked with the player, they are Forest, Watford and Kaiserslauten.

Forest are the current favourites (just) to land the player and John is expected to make an announcement about his future in the next week to ten days.

October 18 1999

Magpies After Hart: Paul Hart has been linked as a contender for the Notts County managers job after Sam Allardyce walked out on the Magpies at the end of last week. 

Allardyce claims he left for personal reasons but all the gossip indicates he is to become the next Bolton manager.

Other people linked with the managers job at Meadow Lane include Nigel Clough and the current temporary manager Gary Brazil.

Platt And Quashie Face Bans: Both David Platt and Nigel Quashie now face three match bans after both being red carded at Sheffield United on Saturday. The three match bans come into force because both were given straight red cards, not two yellows which carries an automatic one match ban.

Plat has also said that he will definitely be fining himself for his "moment of madness" because as a player he cannot be treated any differently to any other player in the team.

October 14 1999

Brentford Target Doig: Brentford are rumoured to be looking at Forest defender Chris Doig. The Bee's are looking to fill the hole in their defence left by the departure of Herman Hreidarsson.

Doig is a product of Paul Hart's youth academy and has a promising career ahead of him. It is thought Forest would not be willing to let him go on a permanent deal, however, a loan deal to give the youngster some first team experience may be a possibility.

October 13 1999

Wright Suspended For Tonight: It is rumoured that Ian Wright has been made available for tonight's game against Sheffield Wednesday after Harry Redknapp gave permission for him to play in the League Cup games.

However, Wright will not actually play in the game as he will be sitting out his suspension for the red card he received during the Wolves game. 

October 12 1999

Chetts On Way Back: Forest Captain, Steve Chettle could be back in David Platt's plans, and looking to return in Wednesday's Worthington Cup clash at Hillsborough.

Chettle has missed the last three games with a back injury, however, he is now in full training and has targeted the third round clash with Premiership strugglers Sheffield Wednesday as his comeback date.

Forest will definitely be without Ian Wright, who is ineligible, and Gianluca Petrachi, who is nursing a hamstring injury. Marlon Harewood is expected to take Wright's place in attack, while Carlos Merino may get the chance to start in place of Petrachi, though Bernard Allou is also a candidate for the same place.

October 9 1999

Beauchamp Could Be Next: Ron Atkinson tried to sign Joey Beauchamp from Oxford United during his short spell in charge at the end of last season. The deal never materialized and since then Beauchamp has been linked with moves to other clubs including Southampton and Fulham.

Speculation is once again mounting that Beauchamp could be on his way from the Manor Ground, and again they are linking the 28 year old with a move to Forest.The fact that Beauchamp is left sided is thought to be of interest to David Platt and several other Division One clubs including Portsmouth.

October 8 1999

O'Kane For Free: Rumoured Forest transfer target, John O'Kane has become surplus to requirements under Walter Smith at Everton. As a consequence he has been granted a free transfer and can leave immediately.

October 7 1999

Draper Deal May Be On Again: Rumours are starting to circulate that Forest are about to renew their interest in Aston Villa's out of favour Mark Draper.

Forest originally enquired about a loan deal for the midfielder earlier in the season, but Draper himself turned down the deal because he was looking for a permanent move.

Now it is understood that Villa would accept a cut-price deal of around 2million for the player and this could be of interest to Forest who are still suffering something of a midfield injury crisis.

October 5 1999

Stern Latest: Latest rumours indicate that yet another premiership club are looking at Stern John, a possible target for Forest when he becomes available in November. This time the club linked with him are Premiership new boys Watford.

Rogers, More Gossip: Despite denials from both Rogers himself and David Platt on live TV last Friday, rumours still persist that Liverpool are chasing the left-back. This time he is being linked with a possible swap deal involving either Phil Babb or Stig Inge Bjornebye, or both.

Though why Forest would want to part with a perfectly good left-back for two distinctly average ones is beyond me!

October 4 1999

Bart-man On The Mend: Midfielder Chris Bart-Williams is recovering nicely from his torn calf-muscle. It looks likely that he will be ready to return to action in the next couple of weeks.

October 1 1999

Forest Bid For Gudjohnsen: It has been widely reported in this mornings press that Forest have made a 1million bid for Bolton's Icelandic striker Eidur Gudjohnsen. Platt is believed to have been impressed by the striker when Forest played at the Reebok stadium last Saturday. 

 


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