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Forest to sign Modou Barrow...but not Jordan Rhodes

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It looks like those FFP regulations are biting, but help does seem to be on the way...

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Nottingham Forest are set to sign Swansea winger/forward Modou Barrow on loan, according to the Nottingham Post.

The paper reports that the Gambian, out of favour at the Liberty Stadium, could move to the City Ground this week in order to keep up Forest's vague hopes of making the playoffs.

Barrow has only made one league start all season after signing for Swansea last September, but the club clearly rate him after they gave him a new four-year contract in February.

Barrow is being sent out on loan to gain some first-team experience, and could certainly help Forest out. Recent form under Dougie Freedman has obviously been excellent, but on occasions attacking options have been somewhat limited, with Michail Antonio's direct running often the primary threat. Barrow can play out wide or up front, giving Freedman a different option to the sometimes limited Dexter Blackstock and Matty Fryatt, who struggles when up front on his own.

However, it doesn't look like Jordan Rhodes will be joining him. Blackburn are said to be in talks with a number of Championship clubs over sending the forward out on loan, including Derby, Norwich and Middlesbrough, with Aitor Karanka's side said to be favourites.

This despite Rovers boss Gary Bowyer insisting that his forward, who is not an automatic choice for the club with Rudy Gestede sometimes playing a lone role up top, will not be loaned out.

"I don't understand why we'd want to even consider loaning one of our players to rivals," Bowyer told the BBC.

"If you look at our game plan and the way we went about it, we were never going to go to Anfield with two strikers.

"We've had plenty of chats, of course we have. But he's starting on Wednesday against Bolton and we're looking forward to him scoring like he did last week at Sheffield Wednesday.

"It's simple. We've got 11 league games left and a Cup quarter-final with a potential visit to Wembley.

"Why we would want to be letting any of our players go at this stage is beyond me."