Nottingham Forest face second points deduction as top stars put up for sale


Nottingham Forest risk being slapped with another points deduction next season unless they auction off one of their star players early in the summer transfer window. Top Premier League clubs could begin circling around the likes of Anthony Elanga and Morgan Gibbs-White as a result, with the Tricky Trees in a perilous position.

Forest were promoted to the top flight in 2022 and immediately set about a friovolous transfer spree. A dizzying total of 43 new signings were welcomed to the City Ground over the next three windows, at great expense to the club's owners.

That backfired on Monday as a breach of the Premier League's Profit and Sustainability Rules (PSR) saw them docked four points. Nuno Espirito Santo's side consequently slid into the relegation zone with only nine matches still to play this term.

The verdict released by the independent commission also exposed the fact that Forest will once again have breached PSR for the three-year period ending on June 30, 2024, unless they raise around £30million in profit through player sales before that date, which is just over two weeks after the window opens.

Gibbs-White, Elanga and Ibrahim Sangare are among the most valuable players in Espirito Santo's squad, and Forest may be forced to cash them in below market value due to their weak bargaining position.

Forest fell foul of PSR for the period ending June 30, 2023 by stalling on the £47.5m sale of Brennan Johnson to Tottenham. The club cited the transfer as a mitigating circumstance for their breach, suggesting it would be unreasonable to expect them to sell the 22-year-old for a significantly lower fee earlier in the summer.

And while it saw their punishment limited to only four points, it didn't let them off the hook altogether. Premier League clubs are permitted to lose £105m over a given three-year period under PSR.

But because Forest will have spent one season in the Championship and two in the Premier League for the period ending on June 30, that threshold drops to £82m.

The Tricky Trees' calculations show they cumulatively lost £92m in 2021/22 and 2022/23, and they are on track to lose up to £17m this term - making it £109m altogether, or £26m over the maximum allowable loss.

Forest said they were "extremely disappointed" with the commission's verdict and are believed to be weighing up whether to lodge an appeal.

Everton have been deducted six points this season - reduced from 10 on appeal - and they could be hit with another before the end of the campaign, depending on the outcome of a hearing scheduled to take place next week.

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