Nottingham Forest have confirmed the departure of defender Nicholas Ioannou this afternoon. The Reds left-back has joined Italian second-tier outfit Como 1907.

The 25-year-old arrived at the City Ground in September 2020. He checked in from APOEL in Cyprus, having spent some time as a youngster with Manchester United.

Ioannou’s time at Forest hasn’t been a success. He made five appearances, with his last coming during a 1-1 draw at Luton – a game in which he was sent off.

That clearly told Chris Hughton all he needed to know. He was rarely seen after that and joined Aris Thessaloniki on loan in January.

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During his time in Greece, he made 10 appearances and scored a single goal for the club.

A permanent move wasn’t forthcoming though and he’s subsequently headed to Italy for his latest loan spell.

His departure leaves Forest with Tyler Blackett and Gaetan Bong as the options at left-back. The latter has been deemed surplus to requirements though, leaving the Reds somewhat short.

Ioannou has another two years left on his contract and this move does at least get another unwanted player away from the club.

Ioannou first of many who Forest still need to shift

Forest still have some way to go when it comes to ridding the squad of deadwood. Ioannou is hopefully the start of a busy month in that sense.

The Cypriot never really cut it at Championship level. Although a trier, he was often found wanting during the five appearances he did make.

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His rash red card at Luton proved the final straw for Hughton and he banished him from his thoughts.

The challenge now is to find a replacement. Forest can’t go into 2021/22 with just Blackett as their left-back option and a signing is required.

With plenty more to shift, supporters will hope this is the start of an extremely busy month on Trentside.

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