Nottingham Forest: Reds in ‘advanced’ Felipe talks
Nottingham Forest are in ‘advanced talks’ over a late January move for Atletico Madrid defender Felipe, according to Fabrizio Romano.
The Lowdown: Felipe profiled
The 33-year-old is primarily a centre-back who has been with his current club since 2019. The Brazilian has won two senior caps for his country and actually shares the same agency as new Forest signing Danilo.
He has made 113 appearances for Atletico, but only four of those have come this season, and he has duly been linked with a move to England with Wolves. However, it seems as if the City Ground could be his next destination.
The Latest: Forest in talks over Felipe
Romano took to Twitter on Sunday evening to share news regarding Felipe. The transfer expert revealed that Forest are ‘now in advanced talks’ to sign the centre-back, with ‘discussions ongoing with Atletico Madrid’.
He added that the La Liga club could try to fast-track a move for Leicester City’s Caglar Soyuncu, should Felipe depart the Wanda Metropolitano.
The Verdict: Wise move?
Steve Cooper currently has five senior centre-back options, three of whom helped the club into the Premier League in Joe Worrall, Scott McKenna and Steve Cook. Willy Boly and Moussa Niakhate were brought in over the summer, although the latter has missed the majority of the season through injury.
Forest have conceded 35 Premier League goals in 20 games, with Bournemouth the only team to have let in more. Therefore, bringing in an experienced player like Felipe – who sports correspondent Simon Evans lauded as ‘superb‘ in 2020 as a result of his performances for Atletico – could be a smart move.
Tightening up at the back could be the difference between survival and relegation for the Reds, and Felipe’s experience at the highest level could come in handy over the coming months.