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All 14 wingers released by Premier League clubs as Reds aim to revamp attack

Nottingham Forest will revamp their attack this summer after suffering in front of goal last season which saw them among the lowest scorers in the Championship.

Only Derby County scored less in what contributed to a disappointing campaign for the Reds who finished in the lower half of the Championship.

But boss Chris Hughton is eager to pep-up his attack to ensure they are better equipped to mount a promotion push.

With Anthony Knockaert returning to Fulham and Sammy Ameobi being released, the Reds have room to add more wide players to the squad.

Here we take a look at the Premier League wingers that are available on a free transfer this summer.

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Left-wingers

Robbie Brady (Burnley)

Played 20 games for the Clarets last season in the Premier League but was deemed surplus to requirements at the end of the season.

His only goal of the campaign came in a 1-1 draw with Everton in December.

Christian Atsu (Newcastle United)

Played just once for the Toon this season and has been linked with Forest before.

Now a free agent and counts Porto, Everton and Chelsea among some of his former clubs.

Yannick Bolasie (Everton)

Unlikely to be short of suitors after his release by Everton and spent time on loan Middlesbrough earlier in the season.

Scored three goals and registered four assists in his 15 appearances and certainly caught the eye.

Was a fans’ favourite too.

Nick Clayton-Phillips (West Brom)

Spent time on loan at Solihull Moors but struggled to make an impact and played his only game in a 4-1 defeat by Sutton United.

The under-23s winger is now looking for a new club.

Kamil Grosicki (West Brom)

Needs no introduction to Nottingham Forest fans having been linked with a move to the club for the last year.

Had been linked with a return to Poland but may fancy his chances of staying in England now he is available on a free transfer.

Helped West Brom win promotion to the Premier League, but was a bit-part figure as the Baggies were relegated from the top flight.

Jose Izquierdo (Brighton)

Cost Brighton £16m to sign him from Club Brugge in 2017 and has made a total of 48 league appearances during his time on the coast.

Scored five goals in that time but has only featured once this season which came in a defeat at Sheffield United.

And even then it was an only an eight-minute cameo from the substitutes’ bench.

Layton Ndukwu (Leicester City)

The 22-year-old did not make a first-team appearance for the Foxes and his only taste of Football League action came in a loan spell at Southend in the 19-20 season.

Played seven games for the Shrimpers but they were all from the substitutes’ bench.

Right-wingers

Josh Bowler (Everton)

Released by the Toffees and has been linked with a move to Blackpool.

Didn’t make the grade at Goodison Park but impressed during a loan spell at Hull City in the 19-20 campaign.

Charlie Farr (Aston Villa)

Farr was touted as a promising wide player who made his way through the youth ranks.

The teenager is capable of playing on either flank.

Harlem Hale (Crystal Palace)

Had signed from Southampton in summer 2020 and is regarded as a talented winger who impressed on trial.

However, is now a free agent.

Josh Sims (Southampton)

The winger spent much of last season on loan at Doncaster Rovers and scored three goals in 29 appearances.

Doncaster had been linked with signing him on a permanent basis while he impressed greatly during his first stint in particular, Rovers fear they can’t match the 24-year-old’s wages.

Andros Townsend (Crystal Palace)

A seasoned Premier League campaigner, Townsend produced some impressive performances in the top flight.

Made 36 appearances and has already had offers from overseas.

“I’ve had a few offers and now I’m waiting hopefully – with the season over – for the Premier League offers to come in,” he said.

“Then I’ll just sit down with my agent and see which is the best offer for me at this time of my career.”

Shilow Tracey (Tottenham)

Spent most of his time out on loan in the lower leagues and had a spell at Shrewsbury where he scored four goals in three games in the EFL Trophy.

Ended the rest of the season at Cambridge United and scored in a 4-2 defeat against Leyton Orient.

But the 23-year-old has no future at Spurs.

Theo Walcott (Everton)

Needs no introduction really having played for Arsenal, Southampton and Everton.

Is 32 and still has all the ability to play in the Premier League.

Played 25 times for the Saints last season and scored three goals.

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