Nottingham Forest defender Tobias Figueiredo was keen to terminate his City Ground contract on deadline day. The enforcer wanted to complete a free transfer to Vitoria in Portugal but ultimately he was left frustrated.
According to O Jogo, the Reds failed to submit the relevant documentation in time for Figueiredo to seal an exit. Now, he will stay on Trentside until the summer when he is likely to be released at the end of his current deal.
Figueiredo arrived at Forest for a fee of £2 million from Sporting Lisbon in 2018. Aitor Karanka signed him initially on loan and he’s proved a pretty decent signing for the Reds over the years.
The 27-year-old has made 18 appearances during 2021/22. He has looked largely impressive under Steve Cooper, although the signings of Steve Cook and Jonathan Panzo will shunt him down the pecking order.
In total, he has made 113 appearances for the Reds. He’s also scored three goals and claimed one assist during his time at the club but now looks to be on borrowed time.
Figueiredo is out of contract in the summer. He has been linked with a move to Portugal for some time now and it’s a surprise that a deal couldn’t be struck.
Competition: Forest wise to keep Figueiredo
With Steve Cook and Joe Worrall, both injured it would have been a risk to offload another central defender. Panzo has arrived but there could be a settling in period with him.
For now, the Reds were wise to keep Figueiredo. Paying up his contract would have cost the club money and that wouldn’t have made for great business sense.
In the summer, the time will come to offload Figueiredo. At the moment, it’s a case of needs must and Forest have made the right call.