No Messi, no rush for Forest – Montanier

Lionel Messi and Neymar celebrate a goal for Barcelona

Lionel Messi and Neymar helped Barcelona to La Liga title last season, while Nottingham Forest finished 16th in England second tier

Unless Lionel Messi or Neymar are prepared to swap Barcelona for Nottingham Forest, the Championship club will stay patient in the transfer market, says boss Philippe Montanier.

He has signed Apostolos Vellios and Thomas Lam since taking charge.

When asked about other potential targets, the Frenchman said: “I look, and Messi and Neymar are not ready to come to Nottingham.

“It is a joke, we of course have targets.”

Talking to BBC Radio Nottingham, the 51-year-old continued: “The market is not easy, I know we have to be patient to recruit good players for the squad.”

Forest are reportedly interested in bringing in Argentine midfielder Tino Costa, but Montanier would only confirm he hopes to able to announce a new arrival in the next week.

Following Tuesday’s 2-0 pre-season friendly win at Port Vale, Montanier also said he will take time to assess his existing squad.

“I want to observe my squad more,” he added. “The end of the market is the end of August, so we have a lot of time.”

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