Chema Rodriguez could be about to return to Spain with AS reporting that Almeria want to sign the Nottingham Forest defender.
Forest sold Arvin Appiah to the Spaniards for £8 million (Marca) during the summer and they could raid the Reds once more.
Rodriguez has recently become a settled member of the Forest team at left-back. He has played the last five league games and looked assured in a typically unfamiliar role.
His departure would be something of a surprise on that basis and could possibly indicate the player failing to settle to life living in England.
Almeria are second in the Segunda Division, five points off leaders Cadiz. Boss Guti is a former Real Madrid star and he’s made no secret of his desire to sign a defender.
Rodriguez was forced to wait patiently for his chance to shine for Forest.
His first league outing came as a substitute against Stoke City when Michael Dawson hobbled off in the first half.
Since then he has played a further nine games for the Reds and has shown the versatility to play across the back four.
In terms of playing centre-back, it’s fair to say Rodriguez is fourth choice. Joe Worrall and Tobias Figueiredo have both been brilliant in recent weeks, with Michael Dawson the backup option.
The report suggests that both clubs are close to announcement on a deal for the 27-year-old to return to Spain.
Nottingham Forest News view – Rodriguez departure could leave Forest short
It does seem somewhat risky that Forest would consider offloading a player who in recent weeks has been a settled member of the team.
Yuri Ribeiro is now fit so can slot in at left-back, but Forest would be one injury at centre-back away from a crisis.
Dawson is 36 now and it’s impossible to rely on both Worrall and Figueiredo playing every game between now and the end of the season.
It will be interesting to see if Forest have anything lined-up should Rodriguez head back to Spain.