Nottingham Forest are in advanced negotiations to sign Benfica youngster David Tavares, according to Portuguese news outlet Record.

The versatile player can operate in a number of different midfield roles and is rated extremely highly by the Portuguese giants.

Record are now reporting that Tavares could sign for Forest in the next few days, becoming the club’s fifth summer capture.

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The 21-year-old has a £59 million release clause in his contract at Benfica and would follow Joao Carvalho, Diogo Goncalves and Yuri Ribeiro in joining from the club.

Tavares can play either as a No.10 or as a more conventional midfield player and he could be a shrewd addition to the Forest ranks.

Following a friendly with Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp raved about his performance, with reports suggesting the German thought Tavares stood out among his teammates (Tuga Scout).


The youngster has played twice for the first-team at Benfica, once in the Champions League and the other in a domestic cup competition.

Forest have been active this summer, adding Jack Colback, Tyler Blackett, Lyle Taylor and Fouad Bachirou to their ranks.

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Since it’s another recruit from the European market, Tavares will have to prove himself to Forest supporters.

Just because he’s not a household name, however, it doesn’t mean he should be written off.

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Benfica have one of the most respected academies in world football; producing quality players year after year.

The proof on Tavares will really come in whether or not he can get up to speed quickly in the Championship.

If he can Forest might have a decent addition on their hands and his ability to play in a number of positions will certainly help.

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