According to Midlands football reporter for The Daily Telegraph John Percy, Nottingham Forest are now in talks with Bayern Munich to sign Richards.
Percy took to Twitter to reveal the latest news:
“NFFC are in talks with Bayern Munich over a possible deal for left-back Omar Richards.
“Fee of around €10m being discussed, but Forest face competition from Lyon. Richards joined Bayern last May from Reading.”
There is no doubt that Forest supporters will be excited to see even more new additions making a move to The City Ground this summer, as Steve Cooper and the club seem relentless in bolstering the squad in order to have their very best chance at competing in the Premier League next season.
Richards has not been given too many opportunities to show his potential in the Bundesliga with just five league starts, but has shown glimpses of his capabilities despite his lack of game-time.
Over 12 appearances in the German top-flight, the 24-year-old left-back had an impressive pass accuracy of 92% in his own half, making 1.6 tackles on average per game, winning the majority of his ground and aerials duels combined (61%) while being successful in an overwhelming majority of his dribble attempts (73%).
The Englishman who was hailed a “great prospect for the future” by journalist Jonathan Low, could continue his development back in England if Cooper can provide a starting spot and consistent game-time in his Forest team next season, which could help the player get back into the national team after only picking up one cap so far with the U21s.
It has been reported that the Forest manager is keen to add new wing-backs to his team and Richards could be the perfect signing to continue to increase that winning mentality and experience in the team with the player recently winning the Bundesliga and earning four appearances in the Champions League last season with Bayern.
With that being said, the signing of Richards could be a great opportunity for Cooper to further develop the player’s talents and capabilities in his newly-promoted team next season and if the manager can get the best out of him it could be a great piece of business for Forest’s future.