Nottingham Forest have managed to offload two fringe players ahead of the transfer deadline, with Nuno Da Costa and Yohan Benalouane heading overseas.

Da Costa only signed for the Reds in January for £1.8 million from Strasbourg and actually came on as a second-half substitute against Bristol City on Saturday.

He has joined Royal Excel Mouscron on loan, with the Belgian outfit holding an option to sign him permanently in the summer.

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Benalouane is another player who Forest have been desperate to offload, with the Tunisian not even training with the first-team squad of late.

The 33-year-old has had his contract mutually terminated with the deal now confirmed on the club’s official website.

He has joined Greek top-flight outfit Aris having played just 16 times for the Reds.

Benalouane will be remembered for his one goal in the Garibaldi which came during a 1-0 win over Derby County.

Da Costa’s departure perhaps serves to highlight the poor transfer window by Forest in January.

The 29-year-old never really looked capable of settling the Championship alight and his departure won’t leave too many supporters disappointed.

He made 13 appearances for the club and failed to score during his time at the City Ground.

Forest have added 12 new players to their ranks this summer and these departures will certainly help balance the books.

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Benalouane leaving permanently is a massive boost for the Reds, with the Tunisia international thought to be on high wages.

The Reds have lost all four of their opening Championship fixtures and getting a settled squad is a must.

With Da Costa now gone, however, it does leave Forest with a void to fill out wide and surely a new winger will now be sought.

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