It’s been speculated since last January that we’d quite like to secure the services of Darren Pratley from Swansea City. Indeed, recent rumours of the class Forest transfer-policy of a derisory bid have been doing the rounds over the last couple of days, to the point where Huw Jenkins – Swansea’s chairman – has felt compelled to break the usual silence we expect around these things.
There’s confirmation there that there has been contact between Forest and Swansea, which I think we all knew anyway really – but well, the rest of his comments seem to smack rather of desperation. With Pratley one of their prime assets and in to the last year of his contract, it certainly would be the player who has the stronger negotiating position here.
Certainly I think this is a really good target for the Reds, a talented player who impressed me more in the games I saw Swansea play last season not involving Forest than against us. Of course, given Swansea’s relative ease of passage in to this division it won’t be an easy signing to make – because the Jacks aren’t going to want to let him go, understandably.
It’s easy to read too much in to throwaway press comments, but when chairmen start complaining about rumours openly and stating that they’re doing everything they can to keep a player it always seems to end up looking silly. Ultimately I think this will be decided by where the player himself wants to be – clearly he’s settled at Swansea but if he fancies a move to the Reds (or is being offered more cash), then I think we could swing it.
Should the maligned transfer acquisition panel secure the services of the midfielder it should certainly help steady the waters that seem to churning at Forest lately. With Billy reportedly fuming at the lack of transfers coming in, it should make his forthcoming appearance at The Approach fascinating – let’s hope we’ve managed to do some business with Swansea before then to calm him down a bit!
Sometimes I wish things didn’t seem so soap operaish at Forest, and we could just give the impression of being a professionally run football club. I suppose on the plus side it’s never dull, even if it is attempting to filter through rumours we have to contend with!