Forest plot fresh transfer raids after 22-man summer spree as Lingard faces a month out

    Big spender Nottingham Forest are poised to replenish their army of players this month as Steve Cooper reveals Jesse Lingard has been out of action for a month.

    Manager Cooper believes the club will make every effort to strengthen his side before attempting to secure the Premier League.

    Forest signed 21 contracts in the last transfer window of the English summer, with free agent Serge Aurier later joining the influx after the deadline for club-to-club deals had passed.

    It has been an extraordinary surge of activity from a promoted team making their first return to the English top flight since 1999 and they are determined to make sure this return to the elite does not last for one season.

    After a 1-1 draw against Chelsea on Sunday, in which Aurier scored a goal, Cooper was asked about the prospects for new signings and said: “I think so, I hope so.

    “I believe that the club will get to work and if there is something that can help the squad and the team that we need, then we will do it.

    “You’re saying this a little through clenched teeth because of what happened over the summer and it feels like Forest is signing players again, but summer was summer, you have to look at where we are now.”

    Forest ranks 18th in the Premier League with 20 teams, with three teams relegated.

    Cooper has confirmed that former Manchester United and England midfielder Lingard will be unavailable for several matches due to hamstring problems.

    “Since the summer, we have received several long-term injuries to key players. Jesse is out for a month,” Cooper told Sky Sports.

    “If we can put the right players in the right positions, we need to do it and we want to do it too.”

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