Shore-d up whilst expecting to be Bale-d out?

Forest have pulled this one out of left-field, or left back at least.  Whilst the papers are full of purported £3m bids for Gareth Bale of Tottenham being prepared for the January window (which, of course, might still happen), Forest have had a word with Martin O’Neill and secured the services of Nicky Shorey on loan ’til the end of December.

Shorey shot to prominence at Reading, and moved to Villa when they were relegated from the top flight – he’s even picked up a couple of England caps along the way.  However, despite making a few appearances for the West Midlanders in both the Premiership and the League Cup, he has found his opportunities somewhat limited.  That said, he’s clearly not been completely forgotten as Villa have imposed a 24 hour recall clause on the deal.

With Cohen suspended, Lynch recovering from injury and Bennett injured this was a real headache for Saturday’s game, but Shorey should arrive with the squad on Thursday and make his debut against Doncaster.  Indeed, without the suspension and injuries this is a cracking signing in my opinion, so hats off to Billy and the acquisitions panel for going about their business and landing a player who is proven at this level.

As the Derby fan at work said to me jokingly when he was reading the Bale rumours: “That’s nothing, we’re trying to get DJ Campbell on loan!” – luckily for him, he has a well developed sense of humour, I think he’s going to need it!  As for us, welcome aboard Nicky!  It’s great to have you here.