According to a report by The Nottingham Post, Nottingham Forest are hoping to sign Monaco midfielder Pele on loan prior to Thursday’s transfer deadline, and his potential arrival at The City Ground would surely send a message to Adlene Guedioura, and not a positive one.
Well, The Nottingham Post says that the Championship play-off hopefuls are keen to bring the 28-year-old in on a temporary basis.
The Guinea-Bissau international has found first-team opportunities hard to come by for the Ligue 1 strugglers this term following a summer move, making just 11 appearances in all competitions, as per Transfermarkt.
Having signed a five-year deal the powerful African will still be hoping that he can make an impact for the French club in the future, and proving himself at Nottingham Forest by playing on a regular basis would allow him to do that.
It seems little doubt that if Monaco do allow Pele to move to England, they will want him to be featuring far more for his new club than he has for them so far this term.
Given he’d be dropping into the second tier of English football, a move to Forest would surely all but guarantee him a spot in the starting XI – as long as he is performing and impressing O’Neill and Roy Keane, of course – which could have interesting consequences for the current situation in the middle of the park for Forest.
O’Neill already has Ben Watson, Jack Colback, Adlene Guedioura, Claudio Yacob and Liam Bridcutt – the former three started the 3-1 win against Wigan Athletic last weekend – to choose from, and the arrival of Pele would not be good news for at least one – and probably two – of those individuals.
Given the 28-year-old’s strength and power his most direct competition would come from Guedioura, and would suggest that the Algeria international has failed to win over his new boss since he was appointed as Aitor Karanka’s successor earlier this month.
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