Forest have foundations in place for big January after new staff added

Nottingham Forest

Nottingham Forest have beefed up their recruitment team ahead of the January transfer window with the appointment of Francois Modesto as technical director.

And the addition of ex-Marseille head coach and general manager Jose Anigo as the new Forest chief scout suggests the powers that be at the City Ground are gearing up for a big transfer window.

Forest sit second in the Championship table, level on points with leaders West Bromwich Albion, after a terrific start under new head coach Sabri Lamouchi.

The 47-year-old was awarded the league’s Manager of the Month award for September after Forest took maximum points from their matches against Swansea City, Barnsley and Stoke City.

Lamouchi has used only 20 players in the 11 matches so far and is sure to need reinforcements to keep the Reds on track for promotion in the second half of the campaign.

So the club have made some eye-catching moves to bring in ex-Olympiakos chief scout Modesto and ex-Marseille coach Anigo to ensure Forest have the best chance of signing the players Lamouchi needs in January.

Modesto, a former player of some note at Monaco, Cagliari, Olympiakos and Bastia, has overseen some quality recruitment at the Greek club.

Currently top of the domestic standings, the Pireus club came through Champions League qualifying and took a point off Tottenham in their opening group game this year.

Modesto has used his contacts book to recruit some big names winding down their careers, such as Yaya Toure and Mathieu Valbuena, and talented young players on the rise like defender Pape Abou Cisse and midfielder Mohamed Mady Camara.

Camara was snapped up from French second division side Ajaccio for £2million and is now thought to have quadrupled in value.

As you would expect, Modesto and Anigo will have a great handle on the French leagues and will be targeting young hungry players from across the channel to strengthen to Forest’s already-impressive promotion tilt.