Nottingham Forest are closing in on the signing of West Ham United winger Xande Silva, according to Greek outlet Sportime. The versatile player was on loan with Aris Saloniki during 2020/21 but returned to the Hammers in the summer.
The 24-year-old arrived at West Ham in 2018. He’s failed to make an impact in the Premier League, making just two appearances for the club.
Last season he played 33 times for the Greek outfit, scoring four goals and registering three assists. Prior to joining West Ham, he made 30 first-team outings for Vitoria Guimaraes, scoring once.
Silva can play on either flank or as a centre-forward. His goalscoring record won’t exactly fill supporters with confidence that he can score frequently for Forest, however.
David Moyes doesn’t want to keep Silva as part of his squad at the London Stadium. With that in mind, he had been set to Aris Thessaloniki but has apparently now had a change of heart.
It had been claimed earlier today that Josh Maja was set to sign for Forest. Now, that doesn’t look to be the case, however, with the Reds pursuing other targets.
Should Forest fans be excited by the signing of Silva?
Not really. He hasn’t done anything of note in England and this smacks of another untried, overseas signing where the jury will remain out.
At 24 he does still have some time to continue developing. The argument at this stage, however, will be whether he’s any better than what the Reds currently have on the flanks.
Brennan Johnson, Alex Mighten and Joe Lolley can all play out wide, whilst Philip Zinckernagel has arguably been Forest’s best player this season.
Forest fans would feel underwhelmed by the signing of Silva and after some promising links, they’d have every right to be disgruntled.