Nottingham Forest defender Nicholas Ioannou could be very close to sealing a deal to leave the club, according to 24 Sport.

The 25-year-old only arrived last summer but was shipped out on loan to Aris during the second half of 2020/21.

A former Manchester United trainee he made just five appearances for the Reds, struggling to adapt to English football.

Ioannou was sent off against Luton in October and failed to make another appearance under Chris Hughton.

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Now, it seems as though the left-back is on his way out of the City Ground permanently.

AEK Athens are keen to sign him, whilst Anorthosis in Cyprus are also weighing up a move too.

Ioannou played 10 times and scored a single goal during his loan spell away from Forest – and now it seems like he won’t be back.

The player checked in on Trentside after 107 appearances for APOEL Nicosia and it was fancied he’d come in and do a job.

 

Things didn’t go according to plan though and it seemed clearly pretty early on that he wasn’t fancied by Hughton.

Will Ioannou be a big loss to Forest?

Probably not, although it will be the third left-back who the Reds have seemingly deemed surplus.

Yuri Ribeiro is set to leave on a free transfer, whilst The Athletic has claimed that Gaetan Bong will be free to leave this summer.

When Ioannou departs too it will leave just Tyler Blackett as the only left-back within Hughton’s squad.

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The ex-Reading man did well towards the end of last season. His less than exemplary injury record, however, suggests Forest will need another option.

A clear-out is badly needed at the City Ground though and stockpiling players needs to become a thing of the past.

Ioannou was another pointless addition to the ranks and a departure looks like the best move for all parties.

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