Nottingham Forest striker Nuno Da Costa would welcome the chance to depart the City Ground permanently in the summer – but there’s a problem!

The Cape Verde international has been something of a flop since checking in on Trentside in January 2020. He has made just 14 appearances for the club and despite coming as predominantly a striker, he’s failed to score a single goal.

In the summer, Da Costa was allowed out on loan. After spending last season with Royal Excel Mouscron in Belgium, he opted to join Caen of the French second tier for the 2021/22 campaign.

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The 31-year-old has done pretty well this season too. In 18 appearances for the Ligue 2 outfit, he’s found the net 10 times and also registered two assists.

His form has been so good that he’d dearly love to stay with the Franch club. As club president Olivier Pickeu claims though there is a big stumbling block staring the club in the face.

He told Ouest-France: “Nuno is adored by the public, he also has become a real leader. He feels good here.

“We have to keep working on this file, but it’s a good problem. Being able to keep the players you want whilst being within the nails of the L2 budge is the challenge.”

Forest have to reach compromise to allow Da Costa departure

The Reds have moved on from their phase of signing random dross from overseas countries. Da Costa is one of the last to get off the books and the club has to act in the summer.

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Quite simply, the player has never looked capable of being good enough to play in England. He showed flashes during the 2019/20 campaign but it’s difficult to remember a time when he’s looked like scoring.

Da Costa cost Forest just shy of £2 million and in the summer he’ll have a year remaining on his deal. The player has absolutely no future at the club and the Reds have to do something to make a departure possible.

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