Nottingham Forest look set to miss out on the signing of Facundo Ferreyra. According to La Tercera, the free-agent striker is set to join Colo-Colo in Chile in the coming days.
The board have sanctioned the deal and Ferreyra is set to pen a one-year deal with the South American outfit. Earlier this week the 30-year-old was linked with a move to Forest.
The Reds are still keen to add to their ranks. Lewis Grabban and Lyle Taylor both struggled for goals last season and as a result, another striker might prove ideal.
In reserve, Forest have Will Swan, although he is raw and relatively untried at Championship level. Having another option would certainly help Hughton as the season progresses.
It looks as though a deal for Ferreyra is now off the table, however. He will pen a contract worth £366,000 for the year, which equates to around £7,500-a-week.
The Argentinean has been without a club since leaving Celta Vigo at the end of 2020/21. He fired just one goal in 12 appearances for the club, struggling for regular game time.
Ferreyra is a vastly experienced striker. He has played for Shakhtar, Benfica and Espanyol. The talisman also had a failed loan spell with Newcastle United where he simply failed to convince Alan Pardew of his quality.
Agent talk likely threw Forest into Ferreyra mix
This looks like a typical case of a modern-day transfer situation. It would seem as though Ferreyra probably wanted to head to South America but in order to get the very best deal, his agent worked some magic with the press and linked Forest’s name.
The signing of the former Argentina under-20 player would have been met with some concern at the City Ground. He is in his thirties and would have only been a short-term option, which some supporters aren’t fond of.
Hughton will surely continue to look at the free transfers market. If Grabban or Taylor gets struck down with an injury, his squad could once again become unbalanced.
Players won’t be added for the sake of it anymore, however, and it looks as though Ferreyra is one to scrub off the list.