Nottingham Forest are on course to complete the signing of Toronto FC defender Richie Laryea. According to BBC Midlands, the player is on his way to England and will sign for the Reds.
The Canadian international has long been tipped for a move to Europe. Now, thanks to Dane Murphy’s contacts, the player is set to complete a Forest switch.
Laryea signed for Toronto in 2019 from Orlando City. He played 83 times for the MLS outfit, scoring nine goals and claiming 12 assists.
The 26-year-old is a versatile performer. last season he played 16 times as a right-back, eight times as a left-back and seven times on the right-hand side of midfield.
That level of versatility makes him the perfect Steve Cooper signing. The head coach loves his players to adapt and Laryea fits that bill down to the ground.
The Toronto player has made 22 appearances for his country. He made his first appearance for the national team in 2019 and has grown as a player ever since.
Forest are looking for another full-back. Djed Spence has been brilliant at right-back but on the opposite side, the Reds have encountered problems.
Max Lowe is currently injured, whilst Jordi Osei-Tutu has played just three times since joining on loan from Arsenal. Jack Colback has also covered at left-back but another option is required.
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Clearly, this signing is one that American CEO Murphy looks to have done his homework on. The new employee is capable of scouring high and low for new talent and Laryea looks like an interesting signing.
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There does seem to be a decent amount of talent and Forest may hit the jackpot with this deal. Of course, any proof of that will have to come in the way of strong performances.
Laryea can play in a number of positions and he’s at a nice age to continue his development with Forest.
Watch this space with this one…