Nottingham Forest had deals for Paul Mitchell and Conor Hourihane lined up before the proposed takeover in January collapsed, according to The Guardian.

Owner Fawaz Al-Hasawi had been in lengthy talks with a United States consortium to take the reigns at the club, but it reportedly fell through after it was felt it wasn’t right for them.

Mitchell, who was working as Tottenham Hotspurs head of recruitment at the time would have allegedly been brought in to fill a similar role at the Championship side.

The breakdown of the takeover didn’t only have an effect on a change in personnel of the club’s staff, with it being reported that Forest missed out on a deal to sign Barnsley midfielder Conor Hourihane who ended up moving to Aston Villa instead.

The Reds have now appointed ex-Glasgow Rangers boss Mark Warburton as manager on a two-and-a-half-year deal and have bought in former Ibrox employee Frank McParland as head of recruitment.

The club are now supposedly in talks to sell to Evangelos Marinakis, who currently owns Greek team Olympiakos.


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