Bale, Perch & Shorey: The Forest latest

With Billy Davies having declared his intention to spend again if possible during the transfer window, the press have been quick to speculate as to who might end up at the City Ground.

Having highlighted left-back as an area he wants to strengthen, Davies has been linked with Gareth Bale of Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa's Nicky Shorey, both of whom would represent ambitious purchases were they to come off.

James Perch meanwhile played in a strong Forest reserve side against Barnsley on Tuesday, stepping up his comeback from a stress fracture of the shin.

The 24-year-old told BBC Radio Nottingham: "It was just good to be back out on the City Ground again.

"I'm a way off a first-team start, but I'm not quite a way off being involved in the first team."