Nottingham Forest sent transfer instruction as top ten prediction is made

Costel Pantilimon hopes Forest can secure a top ten finish next season
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Former goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon hopes to see Nottingham Forest challenge for a place in the Premier League's top half under Nuno Espirito Santo next season. Forest are about to embark on their third successive season back in the top flight, having secured safety in the closing stages of last season despite being penalised with points deductions.

The first couple of years have been turbulent; aside from the points deductions and the fury from the Reds hierarchy towards the officials' use of VAR, especially last year, there has also been a significant squad overhaul carried out in the transfer windows previous and, of course, a changing at management level when Nuno replaced Steve Cooper last year.

Forest, who claimed only 32 points following deductions last year, spent again last summer on the likes of Callum Hudson-Odoi and Anthony Elanga to complement the signing of Morgan Gibbs-White from 12 months earlier. Those deals, to bolster Forest's attack, came after they'd struck a deal late in the transfer window to allow Brennan Johnson to leave for Tottenham.

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Having already trimmed the fringes of their squad - experienced trio Felipe, Cheikhou Kouyate and Wayne Hennessey headed the list of out of contract players who will be making summer departures from the City Ground - Nuno and Forest are likely to top up their squad in the coming months before the new campaign commences.

After the tumult of the last two years, Pantilimon - who made 57 appearances between 2017 and 2019 - hopes for stability. He's kept an eye on how his former club have fared from afar since Cooper led them back to the top flight and believes now what the club needs is an element of tranquility after the furore which has met their return to the Premier League.

"Nottingham Forest did a great job to stay up, especially with the points deduction and not knowing what's going to happen to them," he told OLBG. "I hope they don’t change too much this summer because every single transfer window, they always change a lot of things, a lot of changing of players. I'm not sure it's the right thing for them.

"At this moment they have a quite solid base, they are starting to be more experienced in the Premier League. I think they can push on because they look quite solid. So that's the first thing. I hope they keep the best players like Callum Hudson-Odoi because they need them. I'm sure they have the financial resources and the right knowledge to create a team which pushes for a top ten position next season."

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