Talks underway: Nottingham Forest eye last-gasp double swoop, one is La Liga colossus - report
Nottingham Forest are in talks to sign goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon from Watford, according to a report.
The Daily Mail claimed in their live transfer blog on Tuesday [03:07pm] that the Reds are eyeing a last-ditch push to sign Pantilimon, 30, while he is currently on loan at La Liga side Deportivo La Coruna.
The 6ft 8in colossus, formerly of Manchester City and Sunderland, has made just seven appearances in all competitions while on loan in Spain and it seems that Watford may be looking to recall him and send him to the City Ground.
The report adds that Forest are also in the hunt to sign another player from Iberia with Sporting CP defender Tobias Figueiredo on his way to the East Midlands on a loan deal.
The 23-year-old centre-back was once highly rated in Portugal, but has been on the fringes of the Lisbon club’s squad this term.
Portuguese outlet A Bola reported in December that Leeds United had made a formal approach for Figueiredo, who was valued between £2.6 and £3.5million for a permanent transfer.
Football Insider verdict
Forest look like they are finally making progress towards signing a goalkeeper. Mark Warburton wanted one in the summer and it appears that is one thing from his reign that Aitor Karanka is trying to continue because of the lack of solid options between the sticks. Jordan Smith is decent ‘keeper but Pantilimon is a seasoned professional who has experience in the Championship and Premier League. The Romanian will be heads and shoulders (literally) above the other shot-stoppers in Karanka’s squad. Figueiredo is an odd signing and could be used as a potential replacement for Joe Worrall if Burnley up their bids.
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