Nottingham Forest playmaker Joao Carvalho played his first minutes under Steve Cooper on Saturday.

He was introduced in the second half after Alex Mighten was injured winning the Reds a penalty.

Now, Carvalho has perhaps dropped a hint over his future.

What’s the story regarding Forest talent Carvalho?

It seems as though Carvalho is getting plans in place ready for the January transfer window.

Perhaps it’s completely coincidental but the Portuguese maestro has signed up with a new agency.

SEG posted on Instagram yesterday that they would like to make a warm welcome to the Forest attacking midfielder.

Carvalho joins a pretty high-profile portfolio.

SEG also represent ex-Manchester United man Daley Blind, striker Kasper Dolberg and Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola.

Carvalho has been on the bench more often than not this season and will hope to play a little bit more ahead of the window reopening.

Is Carvalho available for transfer from Forest?

If the Reds receive the right offer then there’s every chance he could be allowed to leave.

He’s featured just five times in the Championship during 2021/22 and isn’t really in favour in the eyes of Steve Cooper.

Forest allowed Carvalho to join Almeria on loan last season and their struggles meant for a pretty bleak season in Spain.

Having cost £13 million, Forest may look to cut their losses, although Saturday might have offered him hope.

Can Carvalho still forge a Forest career?

Plenty would dearly like him to. Some criticised him for his performance on Saturday but in fairness, it was his first outing since August and Carvalho didn’t do a lot wrong.

There is a sense, however, that he won’t gain any consistency without playing regular football.

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Whether Forest decides to cash in on him will depend on a couple of things.

Firstly, his new agency will need to seek out an interested party. Carvalho won’t come cheap and it could be a tough sell given the lack of football.

Next, the club’s injury situation could play a part.

Currently, Joe Lolley and Alex Mighten are missing and that could see Forest short in the final third.

As a result, Cooper could wait until the summer to cash in on the player who will be desperate to prove a point at the City Ground.

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