U.S. Lecce have reportedly triggered a clause to sign Nottingham Forest midfielder Panagiotis Tachtsidis on a permanent basis.
According to a report in Lecce Prima, the club’s promotion to Serie A will automatically trigger an ‘acquisition obligation’ to make Tachtsidis’ loan move a permanent one.
Aitor Karanka signed the midfielder at the beginning of last season, but he never even got close to the first team. He signed as a free agent, signing a two-year deal at the club.
Remarkably, he was only named in the match day squad once against Sheffield United on 11 November.
Having failed to make a single appearance for the Reds, he joined Lecce on loan in January. It’s fair to say that his time in Italy has been far more productive.
There’s no doubt that he has given his career a big lift, having failed to impress at the City Ground.
The 28-year-old made 17 appearances for Fabio Liverani’s side in the second half of the season, with 16 of them being starts. He has certainly made up for his lack of game time with the Reds.
Lecce Prima‘s report reveals how the midfielder has impressed on loan at the club. He has played a significant role in their promotion to the top division of Italian football.
He was named in the starting line-up for Lecce’s 2-1 win against Spezia Calcio at the weekend. He’ll now be hoping that he is given a chance to show what he’s capable of in Serie A next season.
In this case, Martin O’Neill will be keen to get him off the club’s books as soon as possible. He has already stated his desire to cut his squad size, and Tachtsidis may be the first to depart.