According to reports coming out of Portugal (via Sport Witness), Nottingham Forest are interested in signing Ruben Vinagre this summer.
As per the report, the newly-promoted side are still in the market for a left-back and have now added the Sporting CP star to their list of potential targets.
Nottingham Forest are said in the report to be willing to offer a loan deal for Vinagre which would include covering his wages.
It was reported that Steve Cooper would like to sign another striker, left-back and midfielder amongst his many new faces at The City Ground to make sure that the side is ready to take on the challenge in the top-flight.
As a result, the signing of Vinagre makes perfect sense as he fits one of the profiles of the position that needs to be filled in the team and has had an impressive season in the left-back role at Sporting when he has been given the chance to appear.
Over 12 Liga Portugal appearances, the 23-year-old talent delivered one assist and created one big chance, making 1.1 tackles and completing 1.3 dribbles on average per game, as well as winning the majority of his duels (51%).
Despite the limited game-time in the side, Sporting CP did not lose a single game that Vinagre appeared in over last season which is a promising sign on the player’s positive effect on his team.
The ex-Wolverhampton Wanderers player was hailed “special” and a “talent” by his former manager Nuno Espirito Santo:
“He’s progressing, improving in a lot of things – tactically, technically.”
“But the talent is there and that’s why Vinagre is massively important to us. He’s so versatile and can give us some different things during the game. He’s special.”
With that being said, the signing of the left-back would be a major coup for Cooper in his pursuit to strengthen his Forest team ahead of next season and could put them in a great position to retain their top-flight status over the Premier League campaign.