Nottingham Forest breaks English record for most signings in a single transfer window

Nottingham Forest made their 21st signing of the summer on Thursday, breaking the English record for most arrivals in a transfer window.

Forest, who won promotion to the Premier League last season, agreed deals with Rennes defenders Loic Bade and Wolves’ Willy Boly and Blackpool winger Josh Bowler on a turbulent final day of the transfer window. Bowler was then loaned out to Greek side Olympiakos for the rest of the season.

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The previous record for the most signings by an English club in a transfer window was 17 for Crystal Palace in the summer of 2013, according to Transfermarkt.

Forest’s tally could rise further with reports that they have reached an agreement to sign free agent Serge Aurier. However, they reportedly failed in a late bid to sign striker Michy Batshuayi from Chelsea.

Significant changes were expected from the Forest side who earned promotion in last year’s Championship play-off, with five players on loan last season leaving the club. Five other players left on free transfers.

Still, the volume of news arrivals caught the attention of many.

Included in those deals, Forest broke their previous transfer record to sign midfielder Morgan Gibbs-White for an initial fee of £25m which could rise to £42.5m with add-ons.

They also spent big to sign striker Taiwo Awoniyi from Union Berlin and defender Neco Williams from Liverpool for £18m each, while striker Emmanuel Dennis joined Watford for £13m.

There were also other high profile arrivals. Forest beat competition from West Ham to add England international Jesse Lingard on a free transfer and signed Brazil international left-back Renan Lodi on loan from Atletico Madrid.

Under manager Steve Cooper, Forest have started the season taking four points from their opening five games and currently sit 15th in the Premier League table.