Richie Laryea will sign for Nottingham Forest today. That’s according to Sports Centre reporter Matthew Scianitti who has taken to Twitter this morning. Fabrizio Romano has also backed up the confirmation.
The Canadian full-back is in England to undergo a medical. He will put pen-to-paper on a three-and-a-half-year deal at the City Ground.
It is claimed that moving to play in Europe is a dream of Laryea’s. The defender has walked away from Toronto dispute them offering a deal that would have made him the highest-paid full-back in the MLS.
This signing is an intriguing one. It’s clearly come courtesy of Forest CEO Dane Murphy who has notoriously been keen to keep an eye on other markets.
Laryea is a versatile performer. He operated in both full-back positions, on the right-wing and even in central midfield during the 2020/21 MLS campaign.
The 26-year-old had made 22 appearances for the Canada national team. He made his debut in 2019 and has also scored once for his country.
Forest are not in the mood for messing about this month. The club has been stung by poor January recruitment in the past and Murphy is clearly not about to let lightning strike twice.
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This is an intriguing addition to the Reds’ ranks. Of course, proof of his success will come in his performances but it’s a low-risk gamble by Forest.
At 26 he still has bags of time on his side. Forest are light of full-backs and Laryea signs at a good time in terms of him getting minutes on the pitch.
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He is quick, versatile and is capable of making an impact at both ends of the pitch. Ultimately, he fits the profile of what Steve Cooper likes from his full-backs down to the ground.
The deal now looks to be close – even Fabrizio Romano has got in on the act! It’s another step in the right direction for Forest and fans will hope Laryea can prove a success.