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Nottingham Forest: Reds keeper Costel Pantilimon linked with move to Olympiacos

Nottingham Forest: Reds keeper Costel Pantilimon linked with move to Olympiacos

Having already seen Panagiotis Tachtsidis, Stephen Henderson, Apostolos Vellios, Jorge Grant and Hillal Soudani leave the club this summer, Nottingham Forest may be about to wave goodbye to goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon.

According to the Nottingham Post, the 32-year-old is reportedly the subject of considerable interest from Olympiacos with Claudio Yacob also thought to be on the Greek side’s radar.

Although he featured on 44 occasions for Forest last season (via Transfermarkt), Pantilimon could be forced to watch on from the sidelines during the upcoming campaign following the arrival of shot-stopper Arijanet Muric from Manchester City earlier this week (via BBC Sport).

Whereas Forest have four ‘keepers at their disposal (via Transfermarkt), letting Pantilimon move on to pastures new this summer could prove to be a mistake.

With only three players bettering the Romanian international’s total of 15 clean sheets in the Championship last season, he has proven that his more than capable of competing at this level.

Although, as noted by the Nottingham Post, he is prone to the odd blunder, Pantilimon has also come to his team’s rescue on numerous occasions since joining in 2018.

Given that he has made 143 appearances during his time in England (via Transfermarkt), the former Sunderland ace is a much safer option for Forest boss Sabri Lamouchi to turn to in comparison to Muric who has only been used sparingly by City (5 appearances in all competitions, as per Transfermarkt).

With there being no guarantee that the 20-year-old will be able to cope in the second-tier, it may be wise for the Reds to resist the temptation to sell the stopper unless they receive a sizeable bid from Olympiacos, or elsewhere in the coming weeks.

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