Nottingham Forest winger Xande Silva has agreed on a deal to leave the City Ground and pen terms with Aris, according to reports in Greece.
The 24-year-old has been in and around the first-team fold in recent weeks. He started the game against Huddersfield over Christmas as the Reds lost 1-0.
In truth, however, becoming part of the senior ranks has proved a struggle. Although he’s looked okay when called upon, there wasn’t enough evidence to suggest he could become a regular in the team.
Aris is a club he knows well. He spent last season on loan with the Greek top-flight outfit, scoring three goals and claiming four assists.
Now, a deal looks to have been completed and he’s thought to be due in Greece in the next couple of days.
Silva arrived from West Ham for a fee in the region of £200,000 during the summer. The deal was hastily rushed through on deadline day after a move for Josh Maja fell through.
He will leave having made just three appearances for the club; although he has featured as an unused substitute in the last three games too.
With Forest short of attackers, perhaps Steve Cooper will ask Silva to sit on the bench this evening as a farewell to the club before he leaves.
Incoming: Forest must have an iron in the fire if Silva is leaving
Cooper confirmed yesterday that Alex Mighten and Joe Lolley are both not close to returning just yet. As a result, letting Silva leave does seem somewhat strange.
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Perhaps the Reds are being savvy with their business and do have something lined up. Jed Wallace, Josh Bowler and Paul Mukairu have all been linked with a move this month.
Silva hasn’t really worked out and perhaps he’s pushed for the move back to Greece. He probably knows his chances of regular football are limited and this is a deal that makes a lot of sense to a lot of people.
Forest must now act to secure a replacement.