Nottingham Forest have made their first mark on transfer deadline day by completing the signing of Pele, the club has confirmed on their official website.

The central midfielder pens terms at the City Ground to join on loan until the end of the 2018/19 campaign.

The 27-year-old joins from French giants Monaco where he has played eight league games this campaign.

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Pele becomes the club’s second January signing, following defender Yohan Benalouane through the City Ground entrance.

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Last season the Guinea international played the best football of his career during a loan spell with Portuguese outfit Rio Ave.

He played 31 games for the club, helping them to Europa League qualification and claiming the Player of the Year award on a personal level.

It is fair to say that the player comes with a decent reputation.

During his career he has been on the books with European juggernauts AC Milan and Benfica.

It will perhaps come as a surprise to Forest supporters that the first deadline day arrival is a midfielder; especially given the healthy quota of talent in the middle of the park.

Nonetheless, Forest welcome a player who has spent time playing in some of Europe’s top leagues and his arrival will add competition for places.

The Seat Pitch Verdict

This arrival does seem a little bit of an odd one.

There isn’t really a need to panic, however, as Pele only arrives on loan and doesn’t really represent a massive risk.

The Guinea international will be desperately keen to go out on loan and impress and that could work in Forest’s favour.

The 27-year-old has suffered a frustrating time of things with Monaco this season and he will be keen to get some regular football under his belt.

 

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