Medical passed: Notts Forest close in on Leeds player of 2015-16 season to replace Burke - report
By Joe Nelson
Nottingham Forest are on the verge of signing Middlesbrough winger Mustapha Carayol, according to a report.
Sports website HITC claim that Carayol has passed a Forest medical and has agreed personal terms with the club.
The 27-year-old has slipped down the pecking order at Boro and is no longer a part of Aitor Karanka’s plans, with HITC reporting that a source close to Forest has advised about the imminent arrival of Carayol.
The Premier League new-boys, who gained promotion after finishing second in the Championship last season, have made eight new signings which has forced fringe players like Carayol to the wayside.
The £4.25m signing of young Ajax winger Viktor Fischer has pushed the 27-year-old even further down the Boro pecking order, and he is now set to leave in search of first team football.
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Carayol, who joined Boro from Bristol Rovers four years ago in a £250,000 transfer, could be available in a cut-price deal as he has less than 12 months remaining on his current deal.
Carayol spent last season on loan at Huddersfield Town and Leeds, but this move to Forest seems likely to be a permanent deal.
The winger spent the second half of last season on loan at Elland Road but he was only a fringe player and scored just two goals from his 14 appearances under ex-manager Steve Evans.
Carayol has made three appearances for his native Gambia, scoring one goal in the process.
In other Nottingham Forest transfer news, the Red’s owner has shared a big bid rejected and how many signings he is targeting.