Fawaz Al Hasawi: Nottingham Forest fans must be patient

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Al Hasawi wants quality not quantity

Nottingham Forest owner Fawaz Al Hasawi says fans must not panic about a lack of investment in players and says they have more than 12 possible targets.

Manager Billy Davies has signed five players so far this summer, however there have been no big-name recruits.

But BBC East Midlands Today understands there are likely to be six more new faces before the start of the season.

"In the end, the fans will be happy, believe me. I don't want to rush," Al Hasawi told BBC East Midlands Today.

"The fans are worried and I don't blame them. If I was in their position I'd be the same. I want them to be patient.

"Me and Billy and all the staff are going to bring in the right players."

The wealthy Kuwaiti Al Hasawi family took over at Forest in July last year, but endured a turbulent first seven months at the City Ground.

Four different managers were used in that spell, but Al Hasawi said they have learned from their mistakes and are confident in bringing in more players from their list to aid their Championship promotion challenge.

Al Hasawi, who reappointed Davies as manager in February, said: "We have more than 12 players on the list that we are looking at. All the players we are going to bring are good players and good for Nottingham.

"From tomorrow I could bring 10 players to Nottingham Forest but we don't want the quantity we want the quality.

"We know all the weakness points in the team - Billy and not Fawaz, because I never interfere. He told me and we know so we want to cover that.

"We have a long time. We have until the first week of September and I know and Billy knows we have the first game on the third of August. Believe me, I want to do the good thing for Nottingham and bring the right players.

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Davies keen to increase competition

"The majority of Nottingham Forest fans like Billy and the staff. I want them to believe in Billy and the staff because he is the man who will choose the right players for Nottingham Forest - not Fawaz Al Hasawi.

"We will work hard on the right players. I want to do the right thing as an owner and a chairman. I am a chairman and not a manger so Billy will train them - not me.

"Billy has to choose and when we have them the fans will be happy and everybody will be happy."

Davies, who side have been linked with numerous players including Leicester's Wes Morgan, and strikers Gary Hooper and Charlie Austin, said: "We won't talk about specifics and go over speculation, but we are chasing a number of players.

"There are more players to come in. We will keep looking and trying to bring the best players to Forest.

"We won't play the numbers game [reveal how many players we want]. We certainly need a number of bodies to come in and we have to increase the competition.

"The transfer market is not easy and you have to be sensible.

"You can get carried away when you are chasing people. We have made many bids for many players and have phoned up many clubs and are doing lots of work behind the scenes.

"But there is a value you have to put on you purchase. We will do what we can but we will do it wisely and correctly."

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