According to the Chronicle, Newcastle United’s Jack Colback is edging closer to a deal that would see him switch to Nottingham Forest.
Colback spent last season on loan at the City Ground and impressed Forest boss Aitor Kanaka enough in his time there for the club to now be pursuing a permanent deal.
Forest have already spent big this summer in an attempt to make themselves genuine promotion contenders ahead of the new Championship season. Even with the new, high profile incomings though, their squad looks a bit thin in certain places.
The arrival of Colback would bring both extra depth and quality to the middle of the park.
Forest’s current central midfield options of Liam Bridcutt, Matty Cash, Adlene Guediora, Ben Watson and Joao Carvalho are of good quality, but considering Guediora and Watson’s respective ages of 32 and 33, it seems clear that the Reds could do with an extra pair of legs in there.
That is exactly what Colback would provide. As well as being very tidy in possession and commanding a strong sense of positioning, it is Colback’s work rate and high energy levels that stand out.
Those attributes would go a long way to keeping this team ticking over for the course of the season. Beyond that, Colback’s constant running and covering provides a safety net for the likes of Cash and Carvalho to push forward without fear.
Making Colback’s switch to the City Ground a permanent one this summer would be a good bit of business and prove that Karanka is serious about building a Forest squad that can go the distance this year.