Young goalkeeper Karl Darlow will be Nottingham Forest’s number
one for the foreseeable future.
Darlow was recalled from a loan spell at Walsall by boss Alex
McLeish and then handed his full league debut for the club against
Peterborough, helping McLeish gain his first win since taking over
at the City Ground.
Darlow got his chance after McLeish informed long-time number
one Lee Camp, whose contract is set to expire in the summer, that
he could leave Forest this month.
McLeish had previously stated that the 22-year-old would play
while he searched for an experienced keeper to replace Camp.
But after signing Khalid Al Rashidi this week, the Scot revealed
that Darlow and the Kuwait international will battle it out for the
number one spot.
“The only keeper coming in will be Khalid, we have successfully
secured a work permit for him,” said McLeish.
“He will be back-up to Karl Darlow until he acclimatises, then
it will be a big fight between the two guys.”
Edu has signed a deal with the Turkish outfit after making only
one first-team appearance for Stoke – as an 80th-minute substitute
– since joining them from Rangers in August.
Referring to the United States international on Thursday, Pulis
said: “He has come in and not got any games.
“That has been disappointing for Maurice and he needs to play
games, to maintain his opportunity of playing for his country.
“So the club (Bursaspor) has come in and it is a decent club. We
have had offers in England as well for Maurice to go and play, so
he has got one or two options, which is good.
“Having bought him, and then for him to have then not gotten
into the team, we can actually monitor him now for the next three
or four months.”
Meanwhile, reports have suggested Swansea – who take on Stoke in
Saturday’s Premier League clash at the Liberty Stadium – have had a
?3million bid for Potters striker Jones rejected.
That is something Pulis was more reluctant to speak about at his
press conference to preview the trip to Wales.
Asked about Jones, the manager said: “If there is going to be
anything done with another football club, we will do our business
with the football club.
“If we sell Kenwyne, then I will speak to you about it. If we
don’t sell Kenwyne, then I will speak to you about it, and then you
can ask me why we did one or the other.”
Jones, recruited by Stoke in 2010 for a then-club record
?8million from Sunderland, has enjoyed some form after coming back
into the first XI in December in place of Peter Crouch, who had
injured his mouth in a collision with Newcastle’s Fabricio
The Trinidadian has started every league game since, scoring
four goals in all competitions, including one as a substitute in
Tuesday’s 4-1 extra-time FA Cup third-round replay victory over
And while cagey on the issue of keeping or selling the
28-year-old, Pulis did admit it would be a “big decision” for him
to make over whether or not Jones would start on Saturday.
Pulis said: “It will be a big decision, and that is not because
of whether he is going to Swansea or not – it is just about whether
or not I think it is right to start him.
“He did brilliantly the other night when he came on, a bit like
Cameron (Jerome, who also scored).
“He really changed it for us and sometimes it is really nice to
have those people on the bench.”
Pulis is set to recall goalkeeper Asmir Begovic and midfielder
Charlie Adam, both of whom he rested on Tuesday, for the Swansea
Andy Wilkinson came off against Palace due to a back problem and
is a doubt, as is fellow full-back Ryan Shotton (hamstring), while
winger Jermaine Pennant has returned to the Potters early from his
loan spell at Wolves but will not feature at the weekend.
Defender Marc Wilson, out since breaking his leg in October, is
back in training but not yet ready for selection, nor is midfielder
Rory Delap (calf).
Hammers manager Sam Allardyce lodged a ?2million bid for the
Swede, which was turned down flat.
Although Allardyce had insisted he was not prepared to increase
the bid, it is thought a further offer may be on its way.
However, Olsson remains a Rovers player for now, with Appleton
insisting the 24-year-old will not be allowed to leave on the
“Nothing is happening at the minute,” said Appleton.
“I was made aware of a bid that was put in before I took the
reins but it is way below the value we see him at.
“Until a bid reaches the valuation we think it should be, there
is not a conversation.
“Martin continues to be a Blackburn player.
“He is a fantastic player, an international with bags of talent,
and I am looking forward to working with him.”
However, with Olsson hoping to leave Ewood Park this month, a
transfer does seem likely eventually.
Indeed, Appleton believes a certain amount of movement would
actually be healthy for a club that desperately needs to kick-start
their season if they are to stand any chance of reclaiming their
“We have a couple of weeks left,” he said.
“As with any football club, some players will leave, others will
come in. But a few new faces will do the club a world of good.
“It will bring fresh competition, but it has to be players who
will affect the starting XI, not the 18.”