You’re never Garner believe it..

.. sorry.  I have already got my coat, and will be calling a taxi imminently to beat a hasty retreat for my dreadful punning.  But anyway, I digress slightly.

Reports from news agencies as well as the rumour-mills suggest that our bid for Carlisle youngster Joe Garner isn’t as dead in the water as once thought.  A while back reports suggested a bid of £500k had been accepted by the Cumbrians for his services, which were subsequently denied by them – and then to confound matters they went on to have a complete overhaul of their board of directors.  And so a myriad of Joe Garner threads were allowed to drop off the front page of Forest forums as the next rumours took sway…

… well, it turns out that the rumour that first surfaced around a month ago (I’ve discovered that a poster on LTLF seems to be eerily accurate with his predictions so far) appears to still have some legs; albeit one of them injured of course!  The tricky with Garner is he’s still carrying an injury, although Carlisle’s preseason training photos do show him joining in with training, so it would appear his recovery time is better than has been suggested.

So, should it be true (and I always subscribe to the view that until I see that picture on the official site, then it could still go pear-shaped!), what are we to expect from him?  He’s a 20 year old striker, who started his career at Blackburn but didn’t break out of the youth/reserve teams – opting to join Carlisle on loan in the January window of 2007, where he signed permanently in the summer for £140,000 (with promotion-based add ons), he’s also been capped at under-19 level.

The Carlisle website describes him as “Strong and quick, with a tenacious appetite for goals, he is a player who likes to put himself about and who is very comfortable on the ball.  ACL injury ruled him out of the second half of the 2007/08 campaign, but his return is eagerly anticipated as he continues to work towards full fitness”.  Clearly highly thought of, and perhaps it’s no coincidence that his injury impacted Carlisle at a time when their grip on second was slipping badly last season.

That said, he’s under contract with the Cumbrian side until summer of 2010, so the reported fees of £500k seems a little on the cheap side; however, if rumours are to be believed, and I seldom do, then we might see him arrive at the City Ground this week – which would be exciting!

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  1. From other reports , it seems carlisle are looking to sign a striker so that may have to happen to appease their fans before letting Garner go. I hope we get him,because after a long injury all he will want to do is get playing as soon as possible and will probably make him a better player especially the prospect of playing with Cole and Earnie !!! I can’t wait for reading !!!!

  2. Unfortunately though, his signing looks like being as a replacement for Tyson who will be leaving in January.

    Great prospect though.

  3. That’ll be interesting to see if that happens – it’ll also reflect on the board & CC if he were to leave.

    Anyway, until that time comes, let’s stick to the facts & for now I’m giving ND & CC their chances again – as long as Cole doesn’t turn to a Lennon…. but there again, Cole is Nottingham born…

  4. well thinking about the problems we’ve had in the last 18 months trying to get tyson fit after a similar injury, and having just about managed to do it, it seems silly to let him go and replace him with someone who might take 18 odd months to get back to his best.

    that said, i’m always happy to see a speedy striker coming to the banks fo the trent and who knows, tyson might just stay!

  5. It’s not enough we no news on Tyson extending his contract, it’s no good that Agogo has gone along with the other players, it’s no good we couldn’t cling on to Clingan but now there’s a rumour that Cohen might be off to Tranmere Rovers…..

    Another unexpected depature – we’ll wait & see b4 I explode again….

  6. Here’s the news we want to hear, Tyson has rejected a new contract as he was looking for better terms (not money as he’s said). Forest want him to prove he’s injury free. Tyson wants to stay. So there we go. Thanks to the NEP for that info.

  7. I agree 100% with Forest’s handling of the “Tyson’s new contract” situation. I don’t want to lose Nathan either, but if he gets injured again, he might end the season unwanted by other clubs and a huge contract to burden our wage bill. I totally agree with the management view: Stay injury free, and we have a whole year to offer you a new one. So come on Nathan, I’m sure you can do it, with Earnie and Andy on your flanks you can have a brilliant season AND a more lucrative offer.

  8. Vas, you said it how it should. I hope for all of us he does stay injury free this season but if he doesn’t then it’s time to reconsider things. Latest news – Omerod wants to stay & fight for his place at PNE. Don’t blame him – he’d probably be 3rd or 4th choice if he was to come anyway. Don’t know how others might see that…

  9. Yes good handling of Tyson. I’m glad he stayed and hope we get off to a good start so he will be happy to stay and get his improved contract. Other teams cannot be looking forward to handling our new strikeforce >>

  10. I see Coventry now have Eastwood which hopefully will release Best….Let’s see …..

  11. From the NEP:

    Doughty also revealed that the club had not made an effort to keep Kris Commons, once it became clear he wanted to leave.

    So, what remains to be found out is y he wanted to leave, & what terms were offered previously…

  12. Yiannaki,
    He wanted to go, negotiated a contract with Direby and left. We have since signed better players with more potential.
    If you ask me it was a good business decision by Forest – injury prone work shy player who, for whatever reason, wanted to go.
    Lets move on and look forward to the new season.

  13. He wanted to leave because Calderwood used him as a sub more often than not and he felt he was better than that. Oh, and he’s a money grabbing tosser.
    Now forget about him until we play them.

  14. Guys, guys, guys, I posted an article about Commons the tosser/Judas/W@****/etc doesn’t mean I’m sad he’s gone – he’s made way for a class player in the name of Andrew Cole. Who cares about Judas when we got him? I just like info that’s all. Good riddence to him. If he want’s to play for a bunch of Rams he can – same with the others who’ve left on their own will to other clubs. I’m sure they’ll be kicking themselves seeing Andrew Cole in a Forest shirt. I just hope we don’t see him doing another Lennon but then again – he’s playing for his hometown club.

    Interesting to see the squad list. Lots of kids in which is a good sign…

  15. Is Franck Queudrue being released by Birmingham on a free worth looking at for our right back position?I’m still not sure about Chambers..

  16. Just wondered if anyone had heard more about Stephen Clemence maybe signing for us? He was training with us, and would be an excellent addition?

  17. The only name mentioned so far which interests me is Leon Best – not saying the others aren’t worth it but he fits the 2 criterias of CC & we have been seriously interested in the past.

  18. Non Forest news but related to us indirectly – Luton Town’s punishment for shaddy dealings has been upheld & they start next season -30pts. 20 of those for failing to come out of administration via a CVA.

    So, further justice for our promotion has been served. Shame that these clubs have suffered because of bad management.

  19. All seems to have gone quiet on the Clemence front but Stephen Hughes has flown to Germany with the squad for their training camp.

  20. Hey all, Yahoo! Sports has got a review for us for the season. Not bad, right players but I think we need to help them out for the best XI.

  21. OH YES!!! Start as we mean to go on!

    Kickers Offenbach 1 Nottingham Forest 2…

    Can’t wait to see the match report and very much looking forward to going to Everton game next week. The girl at the ticket office said that so far over 10,000 tickets sold so looking bloody good for a friendly.

    Soon be August people and I for one am excited!!

  22. Relevent link to the BBC site –

    For those 2 lazy to go, basicly it says if a club reaches the minimum bid of £1.14m Garner is allowed to speak to that club. So 1stly, that no. must be met. So there.

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