Stuart Pearce admits he hopes to add to his Nottingham Forest squad before the loan transfer window closes later this week.
The City Ground club made a fine start to the Championship season, winning five of their opening seven fixtures, but they then embarked on a run of nine matches without a win which included four defeats. However, they returned to winning ways with a 2-1 win over Norwich City earlier this month, and won 3-0 at Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday.
Pearce will hope this has got the Reds’ promotion bid back on track, as they remain on the fringes of the playoff places after 18 games. After their win at Molineux they are sat in eighth position, just two points off Blackburn Rovers in sixth place and, in what is an increasingly tight division, only seven adrift of current leaders Derby County.
The loan transfer window is open until this Thursday, and the Forest manager admits he has been looking at potential additions to his squad as he targets a bid for promotion. Pearce already has a list of targets and has been trying to sign at least one of these players, but having failed to do so, he is prepared to look elsewhere whilst he has the opportunity.
“I made four phone calls with regard to players last week,” he told the Nottingham Post. “I did not want four players, I wanted one. I will continue to make those calls if I believe it will improve our squad. It would have been nice to have one of those players come in, but we will move on, we will keep looking and move our sights on to other targets.”
Forest end the calendar month on Saturday with a trip to Birmingham City, who provide the opposition at the City Ground for the final fixture of 2014. Pearce’s side will also take on Charlton Athletic (home), Rotherham United (away), Leeds United (home) and Middlesbrough (away) in December, before turning to the FA Cup in the New Year.
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