Best deal set to run to the wire, but there are contingencies..

An interesting revelation in the Evening Post today.  It’s not new news that Coventry are playing silly-buggers over our offer for Leon Best.  Whilst the figures being touted are – I suspect – somewhat inflated from the truth, the Sky Blues are clearly holding out ’til the last possible minute to try and squeeze (extort?) every last drop of value they can from a young lad who wants to leave them.

The interesting bit of the article was that we have apparently already agreed a deal in principle with Watford to bring Hoskins in on loan with a view to a permanent move, presumably if Best isn’t allowed to move.  I wonder whether this may be linked to the sell-on clause that would have been activated by Marlon King’s move to Wigan from the Hornets.  Either way, Hoskins in my view would be a very solid addition to the squad – and fits with Smoulderwood’s pattern in targeting Nottingham-linked players.

Less exciting is the fallback position of Matty Fryatt (or ‘Fatty Diet’ as he’s affectionately known by fans of Leicester reserves).  The article reveals we attempted to get him at the same time as Benno from Walsall, which is no surprise – we were widely linked with him at the time.  Although it would seem that Fryatt is more of an assumption from the journalist rather than anything linked with actual approaches – unlike the Hoskins story which suggests that some kind of discussion has already taken place.

So perhaps this January we may not be left seething that our activities have come to naught, indeed, if it comes to it I wouldn’t be adverse to securing Hoskins on loan and acquiring the services of Leon Best if Coventry decide to play ball.  The fact that the player has made it abundantly clear he wants out, and there seems to be fairly limited interest in him from elsewhere, would seem to give Forest the upper hand in this one.  We shall see.