The course of Nottingham Forest’s season will be determined by how successful boss Steve McClaren is in the transfer market over the next three days.
McClaren has appealed to the club to demonstrate their ambition, after offering a fresh warning that Forest are not currently equipped to compete in the Championship.
The Reds suffered a 4-1 home defeat at the hands of promotion favourites West Ham on Sunday and McClaren said: "What happens over the next few days will decide whether we can win promotion or not. Absolutely it will, without a shadow of a doubt.
"What we do now, over the next few days, will determine whether we are good enough to challenge or whether we are scrapping to get into the play-offs. I don't want that so I will be making it quite clear what we need. Deliver it or it is going to be a long season.
"We have been saying it for long enough. Over the next few days we will see the ambition of this club. That is the key thing we will see. We need to go the extra step now."