Nottingham Forest owe millions in overdue payments to players and agents, with legal action

Nottingham Forest owe millions in overdue payments to players and agents.

Mail Sport understands that those who left the club this summer were due to be paid their bonuses for last season, which include Premier League survival payments, at the end of July.

However, those have failed to materialise. It can also be disclosed that a number of agents, also owed millions, are now considering legal action, which could potentially see winding up petitions issued against the club.

They have been left waiting for commission payments on transfers and are ready to escalate matters, should the debts not be settled imminently.

Should Forest continue to delay, it could have serious ramifications. Last season, following promotion from the Championship, Forest embarked on a wide-ranging shopping spree, bringing 21 players to the City Ground in a hectic summer window. By the end of the year that figure had reached 30, leaving them with a hefty bill to pay agents.

Nottingham Forest owe millions in overdue to payments to their players
Nottingham Forest owe millions in overdue to payments to their players
The Premier League club, owned by Evangelos Marinakis (above), could have winding up petitions issued against them
The Premier League club, owned by Evangelos Marinakis (above), could have winding up petitions issued against them

This summer has seen a large number of departures, with six players leaving on free transfers.

Forest declined to comment. Players who remain at the club are due to be paid their bonuses at the end of August. It is thought that those who have left will received their fees at the same time.

After a rocky start, Forest finished 16th, four points clear of relegation, under the guidance of manager Steve Cooper.

A comparatively quiet transfer window so far has followed, with three arrivals including United winger Anthony Elanga, Newcastle striker Chris Wood and Torino right-back Ola Aina. 

On Wednesday, Forest suffered a disappointing 5-0 defeat to French side Stade Rennais in a behind-closed-doors friendly at St George’s Park.

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