Jonathan Greening, signed yesterday for Nottingham Forest, has given his reasons for leaving:
“I was looking to leave Fulham as I had not been playing as often as I would have liked. It was massively frustrating for me last season. I only started six games but I was on the bench every other week. It was disheartening to be training every week only to end up on the bench.”
It demonstrates perhaps the delicate balance Jol will have to play with our strength in depth upfront. With Duff, Dembele, Zamora, Dempsey, Johnson, Davies and Riise all vying for attacking positions, all with bigger egos and all more talented than Greening he has a job on to keep them all happy. And that’s before we mention the Freis and Dalla Valles at the club.
A deal had been rumoured for some time and it has been officially confirmed today that utility man Jonathan Greening has joined Nottingham Forest on a three year deal for an undisclosed fee. He did well when called upon and was an honest pro in his two seasons with us, best of luck to him. Forest have a good player there.
The Beeb’s got a scoop on Greening, who wasn’t involved in the matchday squad against the Crusaders, and a potential move to Nottingham Forest. It doesn’t mention a price but if it’s anything more than a million I’ll be suprised. A good buy for Forest if it comes off, Greening plays his part well as a Premier League squad player so he’ll surely shine in the Championship again as he has done for West Brom.
Steve McClaren is ready to table a £600,000 offer for Jonathan Greening, according to the Daily Express.
The new Nottingham Forest manager is looking to bring in experienced players to supplement his young side as he plots a promotion push. Greening, 32, had been linked with a move to Nottingham Forest last season under former boss Billy Davies but enjoyed a excellent end to the campaign with Fulham.
Whether Martin Jol, who handed Greening a start in last week’s second leg Europa League draw with NSI Runavik, would be prepared to let the versatile veteran leave to free up a place in his squad for a new midfielder, remains to be seen.
Billy Davies will try and lure Jonathan Greening to Nottingham Forest by tabling a £1m offer for the Fulham midfielder.
Davies is desperate to try and reshape the Forest midfield after his side saw their promotion dreams die in a play-off defeat to Swansea last month. The Forest boss tried to bring Greening to the City Ground in January but his loan bid was rejected by then Fulham manager Mark Hughes. The former West Brom midfielder made just fourteen appearances for the Whites last season and has voiced his concerns about a lack of first-team football.
The 32 year-old did, however, enjoy a fine end to the season when Hughes employed him as a left winger in Fulham’s final two games. He was outstanding in the 2-0 win at Birmingham and provided an excellent cross for Bobby Zamora’s goal against Arsenal on the last day of the season. Davies will hope that Martin Jol decides that he can do without Greening, but the loss of his versatility would be a big blow ahead of Fulham’s European campaign.