According to The Athletic‘s Nottingham Forest reporter Paul Taylor, the club remain interested in signing the Real Betis left-back this summer.
The report stated that, following the acquisition of Jesse Lingard, the Reds are now moving on to their next transfer target, and Moreno has been named as one of the players Steve Cooper that would like to add to his squad.
Forest have been getting stuck into the transfer window this summer ahead of their long-awaited return to the Premier League, making 11 signings already, and they are not showing any signs of slowing down if Taylor’s report is to be believed.
The Reds signed young left-back Omar Richards from Bayern Munich only a few weeks ago, but clearly Cooper wants to add depth to his left-hand side – justifiably so with Richards suffering from a hairline fracture in pre-season.
Moreno has been impressing in his performances for his current club, and if his statistics from last season are anything to go by, he would be a major coup for Forest as Cooper continues to strengthen his squad.
Over 30 league appearances in 2021/22, the 29-year-old scored five goals and delivered three assists. He made 2.5 tackles, 1.1 interceptions and 2.3 clearances and took 62.4 touches per game, along with winning the majority of his ground and aerial duels combined (52%).
The talented £17m-valued Spaniard – who was dubbed “quality” by journalist Ethan Lamb – could even become Cooper’s very own Cesar Azpilicueta, as the Chelsea defender was one of the most comparable players to Moreno according to FBRef.
Despite the Stamford Bridge star making more touches (1,958) and completing more dribbles (75%), Moreno outperforms him in several different areas, with more goal contributions (eight), a better success rate for pressures (30.4%) , completed more tackles (79) and offered more shot creating actions (55), as per FBRef.
With that in mind, the signing of Moreno would be a great piece of business for Forest as Cooper puts together his squad as they prepare for their Premier League return.