Joao Carvalho is once again generating speculation regarding a possible move away from Nottingham Forest, and it may be time to start taking the talk seriously.

Turkish news outlet Fotospor claim Trabzonspor are the latest side to express interest in the Portuguese.

According to their report, Carvalho has been recommended to head coach Unal Karaman.

There are, of course, a few big leaps to be taken before any deal is done.

Gossip is rife at this time of year, with there little substance to most of it.

A manager being urged to make a move and one actually being made are two entirely different things.

Carvalho’s name hitting the headlines is no guarantee of a deal being done.

Should he, though, be preparing to pack his bags?

Arguments for keeping him on at the City Ground, if there is money to be made from a sale, are starting to wear a little thin.

Patience can only stretch so far.


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The 22-year-old is not an English football rookie anymore, he has been around 18 months.

Does he look any better equipped to handle the demands of the Championship?

There are still the odd flashes of brilliance.

His recent goal off the bench away at QPR being a case in point.

Moments of magic remain few and far between, though, with a regular starting berth yet to be nailed down.

Martin O’Neill drew plenty of criticism for overlooking Carvalho, but maybe he had a point.

Sabri Lamouchi does not appear to be entirely convinced either.

Pre-season fitness issues did the talented playmaker few favours.

While everyone else was getting up to full speed, he was left playing catch-up.

Carvalho has, however, started only six league games this season – with as many appearances taken in from off the bench.

He has mustered one goal and a solitary assist.

For a club-record £13 million asset, that is not really enough.

Especially when you consider that Forest now have alternatives.


Tiago Silva is more cut out for the rough and tumble that Carvalho would rather avoid.

Another Portuguese schemer is able to blend graft and guile in a way that a fellow countryman seemingly can’t.

Which leads us to back to the question as to whether interest from afar should now be embraced, rather than shunned.

Would Forest be better served, as another window approaches, cashing in on Carvalho?

Any funds generated could be pumped back into the squad, addressing more obvious areas of need.

Such as up front, where mooted targets are said to carry hefty price tags (mentioning no names, Mr D Gayle).

It basically boils down to whether Forest really need Carvalho on their books.

If he is deemed to be disposable, then a parting of ways could prove beneficial to all concerned.

His ability remains without question – there is no debate to be had there – and there is considerable potential still to be unlocked.

Maybe, though, somebody else could eke that out of him, with those at the City Ground moving in a different direction.

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