The ‘£40,000 per week’ Nottingham Forest flop who will kickstart summer clear out

This month, when Nottingham Forest launches its case against violations of the Profitability and Sustainability Rules, the club’s transfer activity will come under scrutiny.

In the midst of their struggle to stay in the Premier League, the Reds face the possibility of losing points. They were accused of violating financial restrictions in January, and they will now appear before a three-person independent committee next week.

April is when a decision about Forest’s hearing is anticipated. With a backstop date of May 24 in place, it’s also possible that the matter won’t be settled until after the season is over, contingent on the outcome of any appeals.

Throughout it all, there’s little question that observers and supporters alike will be debating the Reds’ acquisitions and transactions for some time to come. Like every other club, Forest hasn’t always played well. In recent years, they have been in charge of both excellent and poor arrivals.

Harry Arter is the player who best embodies irresponsible spending of money and dubious decision-making. Even though the midfielder didn’t participate in a competitive Garibaldi game since January 2021, he is still listed.

Since then, Arter has had brief loan stints at Notts County and Charlton Athletic; however, his time there concluded in May 2022. The Daily Mail claims that he is earning an impressive £40,000 every week, even though it has been a while since he was even included in the first team.

He should have been a major player when he signed a contract to join the City Ground from Bournemouth in September 2020; he is currently 34 years old. Rather, he has only made 14 club outings.

Two years ago, when the Reds were promoted to the Premier League, a condition in Arter’s lucrative deal came into effect. Due to Forest’s return to the elite division, his contract was extended until 2024 instead of expiring in 2023. Unable to get rid of him in time, Arter will become a free agent in the summer and leave the team.

When the season ends, he won’t be the only player leaving. At that point, the Reds will ideally be preparing for another Premier League season, but they will still need to make some important decisions regarding their roster.

Nottingham Forest's Harry Arter

That is when the loans from Nuno Tavares, Gio Reyna, Divock Origi, Gonzalo Montiel, and Rodrigo Ribeiro will end. It is possible to make the changes permanent in the situations of Montiel, Tavares, Origi, and Ribeiro.

The contracts of Wayne Hennessey, Chris Wood, Felipe, Ola Aina, Willy Boly, and Cheikhou Kouyate expire in the summer. Similarly, Scott McKenna and Loic Mbe Soh, who are both presently on loan. Additionally, Joe Worrall and Orel Mangala are on loan from Forest, and both players’ clubs have buyout options.

There is still a long way until summer, so a lot can happen in that time. But in terms of departures from the banks of the Trent, it might be another busy transfer window.


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