Nottingham Forest are interested in securing a loan deal for Porto midfielder Sergio Oliveira, according to reports in Portugal.

A Bola is reporting that the creative midfielder could leave the Portuguese giants on loan, with Forest vying for his signature.

The 27-year-old looked as though he would start the season as a regular at Porto. He started both legs of the Champions League defeat to Krasnodar, netting the winner in the first contest.

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An ankle injury then curtailed his progress and prior to the winter break, he made three substitute appearances.

Forest have an urgent need for a striker but that doesn’t mean Sabri Lamouch won’t look to strengthen other areas.

At times during the campaign, the Reds have lacked creativity and Oliveira could tick a box in that sense.

The maestro is a Porto academy graduate and has made 79 appearances for the first-team. He has also spent time on loan with Nantes and PAOK in recent years.

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Oliveira is capped three times by Portugal at senior level.

Forest are reasonably well-stocked in midfield but Oliveira could provide something different.

Ben Watson, Ryan Yates and Alfa Semedo are all similar, whilst Samba Sow is more dynamic but doesn’t have the same creative spark as Oliveira does.

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Given that Forest have been linked with household names like Dwight Gayle, Glenn Murray and Che Adams, you just know some will feel disgruntled if this signing comes to anything.

Supporters must be patient with those players. All three are currently getting in Premier League squads and they will fancy proving themselves before the month is out.

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Players on the continent could be ready to make their moves and Oliveira could do a job for the Reds.

He is comfortable on the ball, plays on the front foot and boasts experience of playing in the Champions League and on the international stage.

Samba Sow, Brice Samba, Tiago Silva and Yuri Ribeiro were all successful summer recruits with no Championship pedigree.

As a result, supporters should trust that the club knows what they are doing on the recruitment front.

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