Tobias Figueiredo is the most likely defender to depart Nottingham Forest before the transfer window closes, according to The Athletic.

The Reds are actively trying to offload several players before the deadline and offloading a defender or two looks like a priority.

Figueiredo wasn’t in the squad as Forest lost 1-0 to Huddersfield Town on Friday night, with new signings Scott McKenna and Loic Mbe Soh getting the nod.

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It would seem as though the 26-year-old has now fallen out of favour at the City Ground under Sabri Lamouchi.

The Portuguese performer played in the first three matches of the season but did look shot of confidence.

Figueiredo looked to be feeling the effects of last season’s heartache more than most. It had seemed, however, as though dropping him on Friday was more a case of taking him out of the spotlight.

Forest have Yohan Benalouane and Michael Hefele still on the books, with those two even further down the pecking order than Figueiredo.

Joe Worrall is currently injured, Michael Dawson is also still at the club, whilst Nicholas Ioannou and Tyler Blackett can both operate at centre-back too.

Figueiredo is thought to be open to the idea of moving back to his homeland, although no concrete offers have been forthcoming just yet.

Forest signed the uncompromising central defender in January 2018, with the move made permanent the following summer.

In total, he has made 63 appearances for the Reds and found the net on three occasions during his time at the club.

NFN Verdict – Figueiredo situation possibly out of Forest’s hands

If Forest’s predicament on the pitch is bad, the problem off it is arguably worse.

The Reds desperately needed to add some quality to their squad, although there’s a notion that too many players have now been added.

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Forest have 34 professional players on their books and face a race against time before the deadline.

Figueiredo proved a reliable performer last season and two or three poor showings doesn’t make him a bad player.

It seems as though his situation with wanting to return home isn’t football-related. With that in mind, Forest might see their hands tied when it comes to the defender.

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