Nottingham Forest poised for double swoop on Wolves' Guedioura and Elokobi
STEVE Cotterill will consider a £1m-plus double raid on Wolves once the Kuwaiti takeover of Nottingham Forest is completed.
The Reds boss is hopeful of getting the green light to begin rebuilding his squad in the near future, as the Al-Hasawi family edge closer to securing a deal to buy the Championship club.
And he will begin his recruitment campaign with a bid to land Wolves duo Adlene Guedioura and George Elokobi.
Wolves are themselves preparing for life in the Championship following their relegation from the top flight – and will do so under a new manager, in the form of Norwegian-born Ståle Solbakken.
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The former Copenhagen boss, appointed at the end of last season, has already made three signings of his own this summer, meaning that the squad at Molineaux is now top-heavy with more than 45 players.
With Solbakken also hopeful of adding another creative midfielder to a dressing room that already includes Nenad Milijas and Jamie O'Hara, Wolves are willing to do business over Algerian international Guedioura, who made an outstanding impact during his loan spell at the City Ground last season.
Wolves paid around £2m to sign the 26-year-old from Charleroi in 2010, but he has only one year left on his current deal.
He is also understood to be enthusiastic about a permanent move to Forest, where he starred amid 19 loan appearances, playing a key role in their successful fight against relegation – and could be available for around £750k.
Forest are also keen on Elokobi, who also played an important role while on loan with the Reds last season, making 12 appearances.
His future with Wolves may be less clear cut, as he is the only senior back-up to versatile left-back Stephen Ward.
But Wolves do have highly-rated youngster Jamie Reckord waiting in the wings and, with Solbakken needing to trim his squad – and with Elokobi's contract also set to expire in 12 months – Forest may also be able to land him for something in the region of the £300k Wolves paid to sign him from Colchester in January 2008.
Cotterill will be hoping he gets the green light to swoop for Guedioura sooner rather than later, as Brighton are also understood to be interested.