Nottingham Forest have already signed 11 new players this summer as they prepare to make their long-awaited return to the Premier League, and a reliable source has revealed a new potential transfer target.
Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano has revealed that the Reds have made William Carvalho a priority midfield target and are in talks to sign the player this summer.
The transfer insider tweeted: “Nottingham Forest top priority for the midfield is William Carvalho. Talks on – been told there’s strong interest in the Portuguese midfielder.
“Huge opportunity for William in the Premier League with ambitious club like NFFC, pushing to sign him as priority target.”
There is no doubt that Forest supporters will be buzzing with all the new signings that have been made so far, with the club intent on adding quality talent to ensure that they retain their top-flight status into next season.
It has been reported that Steve Cooper still wants to add another midfielder into his team this summer, and Carvalho would be the perfect fit to replace the James Garner-shaped hole which has been left in the team following the midfielder’s return to Manchester United after his loan expired with Forest.
Over 33 La Liga appearances for Real Betis in 2021/22, Carvalho scored two goals, delivered three assists and created three big chances. He also made 1.5 tackles per game, recorded a 90% pass accuracy in his own half and completed the majority of his duels (55%) and his dribbles (69%).
Forest have already signed a couple of midfielders this summer, with Jesse Lingard and Lewis O’Brien joining the ranks at the City Ground, but it wouldn’t harm them to acquire the services of an experienced defensive-minded midfielder like Carvalho who can dominate the centre of the pitch.
The signing of the 30-year-old would be a great piece of business for Forest and would certainly add depth to Cooper’s midfield options ahead of their Premier League challenge, which starts in nine days’ time away to Newcastle United.