🚨EXCLUSIVE : As the summer transfer window unfolds, Nottingham Forest has identified three critical tasks to address within their squad

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As July approaches, Nottingham Forest will know they have a lot of work to do ahead of the 2024/25 Premier League season.

It’s a big summer for the Reds ahead of Nuna Espirito Santo’s first full campaign in charge.  They will want to come out on the other side with a stronger team.

With that in mind, we’ve taken a look at the big decisions facing the club in the summer window and the key tasks they need to complete. NottinghamshireLive takes you through everything from incoming and outgoing calls to important transfer calls.

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Strengthening the locker room will be one thing this summer, but monitoring the exits is just as important. As it stands, Nuno will be greeted by a sizeable group when the players reconvene at the Nigel Doughty Academy on July 8.

Some of these players the head coach will not work with before, as they were on loan. Whether any of them can force their way into his plans is up for debate. The most likely scenario is that quite a few of them end up back on the move – either on loan or on permanent contracts.

Nuno likes to work with a small team; he won’t want players sitting in the stands with little chance of getting on the pitch.  Forest need to ensure they still have plenty of strength in depth, but pruning numbers will be high on the to-do list.

Murillo is calling

The brilliant Brazilian has always been the talk of the town this summer. After a fantastic breakthrough season in the Premier League, it was inevitable that clubs would come and sniff.  Nuno himself said after last day’s game against Burnley that he expected interest in some of his players.

In an ideal world, the Reds would stick with him and build a team around him and Morgan Gibbs-White. However, Murillo has no shortage of fans and it remains to be seen if any of them will decide a deal too good to turn down.

If the centre-back is going to leave, getting him good value should be a priority. Forest signed him for £11m a year ago, but now they could get significantly more than that. There may come a time when a big decision has to be made about Murillo’s future.

Real employment

The Reds’ general recruiting pitch is to find young talent who can eventually be sold for a profit.  Owner Evangelos Marinakis said this in an interview earlier this year.

Of course there will be exceptions as the club look to give Nunu the tools to progress to the Premier League. Who stays and who leaves will also affect potential signings.

Even if Murillo stays, central defense is an area that needs to be addressed before the August 30 transfer deadline.  And if he is caught, Forest could be left quite short in that department.

An increase in resources at the top of the pitch would also make a difference, while adding Nuno’s full-backs and midfield options wouldn’t go amiss. The key to everything will be to ensure that the window is completed with a balanced wardrobe.

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