Nottingham Forest are unlikely to sanction the exit of Tobias Figueiredo before tonight’s transfer deadline, according to Record.
Forest had been weighing up a move by Vitoria in Portugal to take the 27-year-old on loan until the end of the season.
The Reds don’t want to let the Portuguese defender head out until they get their own squad sorted.
Dijon defender Jonathan Panzo looks set to bolster the Forest defence. It doesn’t seem as though the Reds are willing to let Figueiredo leave just yet, however.
The transfer window in Portugal closes at midnight but Forest look set to hang fire.
Joe Worrall is out for a couple of weeks through injury, whilst Steve Cook went off with a calf problem during yesterday’s defeat at Cardiff.
Figueiredo has been on the bench for the last month. He is out of contract in the summer and a move back to his homeland did seemingly make sense.
Now, Forest are unlikely to let him go. They could change their mind later in the window though, with several European countries having transfer deadlines at a later date.
Figueiredo does seem unlikely to earn a contract extension but right now, Cooper feels he can’t let him leave.
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Defenders are in short supply at the moment at the City Ground. As a result, the Reds can’t really justify letting Figueiredo leave right now.
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Since Cooper arrived, the defender has done okay when called upon too.
Forest may choose to reassess the situation when Panzo crosses the line but a move to Portugal won’t be doable in such a short space of time.
The challenge for Figueiredo now is to try and force his way back into Cooper’s plans between now and the end of the season.