Very few Nottingham Forest signings have proved quite as underwhelming as Nuno Da Costa has.
The Cape Verde international signed as part of the disastrous January 2020 transfer window which many believe cost Sabri Lamouchi’s team promotion.
Da Costa never remotely looked like being good enough for the Championship and he’s currently on his second loan spell away from the Reds.
The 29-year-old has played 14 times for Forest, failing to score a single goal for the club.
Now, he’s on a season-long stint with Caen in the French second tier and at the weekend he enjoyed a display to remember.
Da Costa’s new club lined up against Bastia in a big six-pointer and he scored both goals during a 2-1 victory.
It took his tally for the campaign to six and he’s quite clearly enjoying his football.
Some reports in France recently have suggested that Forest are being greedy over a permanent deal for Da Costa.
Caen are keen to keep the striker and the Reds are desperate to get him off their wage budget ahead of next season.
Ouest France claims there is a big obstacle though.
On their match report from Saturday’s win for Caen, they claim that Forest are being ‘greedy’ when it comes to negotiating for the player to leave.
Forest should lower Da Costa demands
The Reds wasted £1.8 million on the striker and tasked him with helping Forest win promotion.
Ultimately, he’s looked more like he’s won his Reds contract in a raffle and has looked completely overawed by English football.
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With that in mind, Forest have a decision on their hands.
Naturally, they will want to recoup a significant amount of the fee they paid but they really could do without assembling another ‘Bomb Squad’.
As a result, Forest would be wise to seek a compromise over Da Costa and let him continue his career in France.