Forest boss Steve McClaren hopes to ease his transfer frustration by borrowing Sweden Under-21 striker John Guidetti, 19, who impressed last season on loan at Burnley, and former Barcelona winger Gai Assulin, 20.
"We're competitive, but not where I want to be," he said. "I'm pleased with the guys we've brought in, but we need more.
"It's probably the most frustrating pre-season I've had off the field for years. There is still a lot of work to do."