Leicester move for Tyson..

Reports from unsubstantiated sources are suggesting that Leicester have again made moves to get Nathan Tyson to join them.  Unsurprising really, Megson will be more aware than anyone of the lad’s potential being the manager who brought him to us in the first place.  Given our current striking options, I’m pleased that the same unsubstantiated sources suggest that Forest have knocked back the approach.

Apparently initial enquiries were made for an initial loan leading to a permanent move involving Matty Fryatt coming in the opposite direction.  Given the impact Fryatt has had on a not-exactly-flying Championship side, I’m not so sure that – despite our interest in him before his move to Leicester – would be a particularly good piece of business from a Forest perspective.

The bid is supposedly in the region of £1.5m, which – in fairness – is probably a realistic evaluation for Tys, he’s still very much in the realm of ‘potential’ rather than proven, and has proven incredibly prone to injury.  That said, my gut reaction to reading the rumour was “Fuck off, Megson!”, so perhaps that potential is worth holding out for more cash – preferably I’d like to keep Tyson, irrespective of our diminished options up front.

I suppose if the bid is indeed true, a big factor will be the player himself, some fans have already suggested on the forums that Nathan is keen on the move, certainly he was one of the advocates of Megson in public around the lead up and time that the manager was removed from Forest, so perhaps they are simply extrapolating these comments into something more than they were – or maybe there is something in it.

Either way, without replacing him with real quality – and I’m not sure that Matty Fryatt fits the bill for this – if we were to allow Tyson to move on, it would be a very disappointing move by the Reds – particularly with Junior Agogo on international duty around Christmas time for the African Nations tournament.  I can imagine Smoulds will attempt to keep the player, simply because it would harm his already fragile popularity with the fans if he colluded with the move in public.

In other news, Matt Lockwood again aggravated his ankle in a reserve game against Walsall last night, so once again will return to the injury sidelines rather than making his awaiting return to first team consideration.  Whilst it’s obviously not good news, hopefully Julian Bennett can continue his much improved performances in a bid to ensure he retains his place in the side.