Former Nottingham Forest ‘target’ Daniel Podence could be set for a big money move to Premier League giants Arsenal in January, according to Sportime.
Nottingham Forest may not competing in the Premier League this season, but a player they tried to sign last summer soon could be, according to Greek media outlet Sportime.
The Reds were linked with the 23-year-old winger after his acrimonious exit from Sporting Lisbon following a violent attack on the players by a number of the club’s own supporters last summer. Podence had reportedly held talks with the Reds whilst Aitor Karanka was manager at the City Ground.
But the Reds missed out. Instead, Podence headed to Evangelos Marinakis’ other footballing venture at Olympiacos and has spent the last year or so showing the Reds what they’re missing. He scored six goals for Olympiacos last season, and has netted twice already this time round.
However, it isn’t Podence’s goalscoring ability which is attracting interest. His performances have caught the attention, especially in the Champions League against quality opponents such as Tottenham Hotspur.
And, just to rub salt into the wounds, the Daily Star claim that Podence could be set for a move to the Premier League in January with Arsenal said to be keeping tabs on the Olympiacos star.
Forest, meanwhile, have suffered from some poor recruitment last summer. The Reds instead saw the likes of Gil Dias and Diogo Gonçalves arrive who both ultimately flopped at the City Ground. If Karanka had Podence at his disposal, things could’ve turned out differently.
Forest’s decision to sign the likes of Dias and Gonçalves on loan did generate excitement at the time, but the failure to complete a deal for Podence looks pretty costly, in every sense of the word.