Loan Signings

Blackstock comes to Forest

Nottingham Forest have completed the loan signing of Queens Park Rangers striker Dexter Blackstock until the end of the season.

The 22-year-old has scored 12 goals for Rangers this season but has struggled to hold down a regular place.
The England Under-21 international has also played for Southampton, as well as loan spells at Plymouth and Derby.
He becomes Forest's seventh loan player and could make his debut in next Saturday's match at Barnsley.

Forest confirm Blackstock Interest

The 22-year-old is currently stalling on signing a new contract with QPR, sparking interest from several clubs.

Having failed with a loan bid for former Forest favourite Marlon Harewood, Davies is desperate to add to his forward line ahead of Thursday's loan deadline as he seeks to secure his side's Championship status.

"We are looking to bring in one or two before Thursday, but we are also putting one or two things in place for the summer as well," Davies told the Nottingham Evening Post.

"We are looking at several targets and making several enquiries and Dexter Blackstock is among one of those names we are asking about. He is one of several players we are looking at.

"We know we have a rebuilding job to do, we know we have to plan for the future. At this moment we are looking at possible targets and doing all we can to look at possible targets now. We do not want to get to the summer and then be scrambling for possible targets. We need to get ahead of the game now."

Agent: Harewood didn't snub Forest

Billy Davies told the club's official website: "I'm obviously very disappointed but I've said all along that we only want players who want to come to Nottingham Forest to be part of our future.

"If people decide that's not for them then we wish them all the best and we move on."

He added: "Apparently the deal was done - it was more or less signed, sealed and delivered. That was the information that I got and then I received a phone call to say the player had decided to go elsewhere."


Marlon Harewood's representative Phil Sproson says the player was not given the option of a move to Forest before Wolves entered the picture.

Sproson said in the Daily Mirror: "Villa said no to Forest, so Marlon spoke to Martin O'Neill who has now decided to loan him out.
"It was only then that Wolves expressed an interest."

Harewood snubs Forest

NOTTINGHAM Forest have been left furious after Aston Villa allowed Marlon Harewood to join Championship rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The Evening Post understands that Forest yesterday believed they had finally negotiated a deal to bring the 29-year-old back to the City Ground, after more than a week of talks.

But the former Reds front-man is now set to sign for the West Midlands club this weekend, after the two clubs agreed a fee for a permanent move in the summer.
Wolves' late interest saw the Premiership club persuaded to allow him to move to Molineux instead, as the deal will see them recoup some of the £4m fee they paid for West Ham for Harewood in 2007.

Forest would themselves have been interested in making the move permanent in the summer, but Harewood is understood to have preferred a switch to a club chasing promotion to the Premiership, rather than fighting relegation into League One – despite previous claims that he was 'desperate' to return.

Marlon Harewood will be signing for Wolverhampton Wanderers, rather than Nottingham Forest," said manager Billy Davies, who must now resume his search for a striker.

Davies had been keen to add Harewood to his squad to add a powerful, physical presence to his front-line as they go into their critical final seven games of the season – and had hoped he would be signed in time to face Wolves tomorrow.

It is unlikely that the deal will be completed in time for Harewood to make his Wolves debut at the City Ground, although Wolves are likely not to utilise him anyway, even if his move is completed.

Source: Nottingham Evening Post

Forest manager hints at Camp deal

Forest have the option to sign Camp on a permanent deal in January.

Nottingham Forest manager Colin Calderwood has hinted that he may try to extend goalkeeper Lee Camp's time at The City Ground.

Camp, 24, is on loan from QPR until the end of the year, and Calderwood is planning to use the remaining time to work out a plan for the future.

"We've got all of this month to sit down and discuss where we want to go with it," he told BBC Radio Nottingham.

"But we're really pleased with Lee's input into the team."

"I think its important that we have stability in terms of starting to minimise the goals against us," the Scot added.

Camp has started nine Championship games for the Reds this season.

Source: BBC Sport

Palace's Fletcher set for Forest!

Nottingham Forest have confirmed that they are set to sign midfielder Carl Fletcher from Championship rivals Crystal Palace on a six-week loan.
The Welsh international has made five substitute appearances for the Selhurst Park side this season.
The Eagles put 28-year-old Fletcher, who has had spells at Watford, West Ham and Bournemouth, on the transfer list in August.
Forest face Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road on Saturday.

Source: BBC.CO.UK