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Pleat defends Forest transfer panel

Nottingham Forest football consultant David Pleat has sprung to the defence of the Championship club's transfer acquisition panel. Supporters are unhappy Forest failed to bolster their squad during the January transfer window in preparation for an automatic promotion challenge.

But Pleat told BBC East Midlands Today: "Every player that has been suggested by the manager has been enquired about and some just aren't available.

"Every club has an acquisitions panel, it is just a name. There is a anti-feeling towards it in the media because they think it is interference - but it is not. It may be that players who have been recommended haven't been wanted by the manager and he has the final say.

"The supporters must keep faith. The club is in a far better position than it was, it is progressing steadily and it has got good people guiding it."

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