Nottingham Forest are reportedly ‘in talks’ to sign Argentinian striker Facundo Ferreyra on a free transfer.
The Lowdown: Return to England
Ferreyra, 30, has been without a club since he left Celta Vigo in the summer after scoring once for the Spanish side in 16 appearances in all competitions.
The striker previously played for Newcastle United on loan for the 2014/15 season, but never featured before the club opted not to take up a £6million option to make the move permanent.
However, before and after his failed loan in England, Ferreyra was a prolific goalscorer for Shakhtar Donetsk, where he scored 60 goals in 115 appearances for the 13-time Ukrainian Premier League champions.
The Latest: Forest need goals
According to journalist Cesar Luis Merlo [via Nottingham Post], ‘talks are underway’ between Forest and the player, with both parties ‘keen on the opportunity’. However, a deal is not yet close to being finalised.
“Facundo Ferreyra is in negotiations with Nottingham Forest of the second division of England,” the journalist said on Twitter. “Both parties welcome the opportunity, but the deal is not yet close to being closed.”
Chris Hughton’s side have struggled in front of goal, with only four goals scored in five games this term.
Both Lewis Grabbam and Lyle Taylor have only mustered one goal between them this season and a late attempt to bring in Bordeaux’s Josh Maja didn’t materialise, meaning Forest lack depth in their forward line.
The Verdict: ‘Excellent’ striker could get Forest ticking
Forest’s issues have been clear to see since the start of the season, finally seeing some points on the board as they avoided defeat to near rivals Derby County prior to the international break.
The striker was called ‘outstanding’ with an ‘incredible’ attitude during his time with the Newcastle under-23s by Peter Beardsley and his track record of finding the net in Ukraine doesn’t lie – Shakhtar are Champions League regulars so that is not to be sniffed at.
Ferreyra has played 41 times in elite European competitions throughout his career, scoring 15 times for Shakhtar, Benfica and Espanyol. His quality will surely help Forest to avoid relegation and maybe even push for more.
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