Nottingham Forest pulled off a coup this week when they landed the very highly-rated Manchester City goalkeeper Arijanet Muric.
The Kosovo international was the understudy to Ederson at the Premier League champions last season and Pep Guardiola is keen for him to play more first-team football.
Last season’s number one Costel Pantilimon is now subject of interest from Greek giants Olympiacos, according to Nottinghamshire Live.
Opinion on the big Romanian has typically been divided among the Forest faithful. Despite 15 clean sheets last season some of the more cynical supporters have not warmed to him.
With Luke Steele and Jordan Smith the other two goalkeepers on the books at the City Ground, Forest must tread very carefully when it comes to offloading Pantilimon.
Muric’s agreement is for a single season only. Next season the Reds will once again find themselves on the lookout for a senior stopper, with Steele’s contract up in the summer of 2020.
Any deal that sees Pantilimon go to Greece should only be on loan. That way Forest would retain his services for next season in the event that another custodian cannot be sourced.
The ex-Watford man did show clear signs of improvement under Martin O’Neill. His distribution, in particular, benefited from working alongside the now-departed goalkeeping coach Seamus McDonagh.
Nonetheless, Forest have managed to get Muric over the line. He will clearly be the club’s number one and having Pantilimon kicking his heels on the bench isn’t ideal.
If he can go to the Greek outfit and keep his eye in for a year that could give him every chance of regaining his place once Muric returns at the end of his loan spell.
Offloading Pantilimon makes perfect sense in the short-term. Allowing him to leave permanently, however, could prove extremely risky.