Ipswich Town are lining up a move to bring former Nottingham Forest talent Arvin Appiah back to England. According to East Anglian Daily Times, Paul Cook is keen to snap the 20-year-old up.
The England youth international left the City Ground in 2019. His departure came as a shock, although Forest did recoup £8 million for a player with a handful of first-team appearances.
Appiah’s move to Spain hasn’t worked out at all. He has made just 10 league starts in two seasons and spent last season on loan with Lugo.
Now 20, the winger will be allowed to leave Almeria this summer. He does have three years on his contract remaining and the second division team are likely to command a fee. A loan deal could also be an option.
At Forest, Appiah made just eight appearances, scoring from the bench during a 3-2 defeat to Burton Albion on the last 16 of the Carabao Cup.
He started just three games and some eyebrows were raised when Almeria parted with such a significant sum of money for his services.
Appiah would leave the Spanish outfit having featured in 28 games and scoring two goals, representing a pretty drab time of things.
He does boast bags of unearthed potential, however. A move to League One with Cook’s team might provide him with the catalyst to kick on during his career.
Did Forest let Appiah leave prematurely?
Probably but in fairness the club were never going to turn down such a superb sum for a player who had barely featured.
At 20 the tricky winger does have plenty of time to continue developing. In order to completely fulfil his potential though he needs to be playing football.
Ipswich boss Cook has a proud history of nurturing younger talents and a move to the Tractor Boys could prove ideal.
If he does sign, Forest fans will undoubtedly monitor this one with an element of intrigue. As an academy graduate, they’ll want him to do well and if he does, some might feel the Reds were wrong to let him leave.