Barker-ing up the wrong tree?

So with Jones at Scunthorpe and now self-confessed Forest fan Barker now at Derby, and Mills seemingly priced beyond what we’re prepared to pay, where does that leave our defensive strengthening?  Whilst not joining the ranks of panic just yet, it is an obvious area that requires reinforcements, although I’m not convinced that the likes of Barker would have been anything more than that – back up.

It’s no secret Forest were looking to secure his services too, though, so I imagine this is a blow to Billy’s plans.  Vital Forest goes one step further to suggest Davies is furious and on the verge of a public spat with the oft-maligned transfer committee – although without a phone tap I’m not sure how they’d know this!  I would be surprised if Davies is really that down on the committee who’ve done decent business so far, and are being met by sizeable obstacles in the form of awkward chairmen for Doncaster and Preston respectively.

So we continue to be linked to Mills and McKenna, rumours of bids for Danny Fox from Coventry continue, Majewski from Poland and a lad called Hone from Lincoln City.  It’s all gone very quiet on the Gunter front who is being mentioned as being a potential target for Sheffield United (dear God no!), and Joel Lynch appears to have dropped off the radar completely after supposedly being part of the reason Thornhill went on loan to Brighton.

As for Barker, as well as saying he was a Forest fan in interviews which won’t do him many favours, he also intimated that he just ‘felt that Derby wanted him more’ – and, to be honest, I think he is more shrewd in that assessment than he realises.  Clearly the decision would have come down to cold hard cash, and they think he’s worth more than we do, and so we must move on and seek alternatives.