Nottingham Forest have completed their eighth summer signing, with Xande Silva joining on a permanent deal from West Ham United. The club have confirmed that the versatile forward has signed a two-year deal on Trentside.
The Reds have left it late in the day to bolster their attacking ranks. Silva played just twice for West Ham having signed for £3 million back in 2018.
Last season the 24-year-old spent time on loan with Aris Saloniki. He scored four goals during his time with the club and was a regular in the team.
Silva is likely to join as a striker. He will join the ranks alongside Lyle Taylor and Lewis Grabban who have been competing for the place upfront this season.
Silva has signed terms with just minutes to go until the transfer deadline. It is thought that one more deal could still be on the cards too.
The young performer never really got a look in at West Ham. He checked in from Vitoria and originally looked like an exciting talent.
Things haven’t gone according to plan though and now David Moyes has opted to sell his player to Forest.
Silva has played for the Portugal youth ranks throughout the various age groups and it’ll be interesting to see how he gets on.
Point to prove for Silva could help Forest
A glance at the list of clients on the books of Silva’s agent will list names such as Gil Dias, Pele and Cafu.
Now, although the last of those three hasn’t done badly at the City Ground, it’s hoped that Silva will perform better than the other two.
Silva deserves a chance. Whether he was a backup option following a failed Josh Maja move remains to be seen. Ultimately, he’s chosen to join Forest and the fan base need to get behind him.
The 24-year-old is at the club for two years and the hope will be that Silva can help Forest climb the Championship table.