A report by The Telegraph has claimed that Nottingham Forest tried to sign Victor Moses from Spartak Moscow back in March.

Forest were hoping to take advantage of the special dispensation given to anyone playing in Russia following the invasion of Ukraine.

Talks, however, broke down and the former Chelsea winger opted to stay in Russia for the time being.

Moses signed for the Russian top-flight side in 2020, initially joining on loan. After one season his deal was made permanent and he’s enjoying his football in Russia.

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During 2021/22, he’s made 30 appearances in all competitions, scoring twice and registering four assists; all of which came in the Europa League.

Moses is a proven performer in England, turning out for Crystal Palace, Wigan, West Ham, Stoke and Liverpool as well as Chelsea.

These days, Moses operates as either a right-winger or on the right-hand flank of a three-man defence that utilises wing-backs.

The 31-year-old played for Spartak as they beat KS Samara in the league on Saturday, featuring for the full 90 minutes.

When he was at Chelsea, Moses received praise from Antonio Conte who called him a ‘complete player’ praising his efforts at both ends of the pitch.

Moses would have been intriguing Forest signing

The former Premier League player doesn’t really fit the mantra that Dane Murphy looks for in a signing. Still, he did sanction the signing of Steve Cook during the summer and his experience has told in the second half of the season.

Moses would have certainly provided some versatility. He’d have been a useful foil for Djed Spence at right-back, whilst he could have also been an option to strengthen the attack.

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Whether or not Forest return for Moses in the summer remains to be seen. The player has a contract until 2024 and it’s not clear how long the FIFA dispensation will remain in place.

Having a player with his experience perhaps wouldn’t have been a bad thing and it will be interesting to see if he ends up somewhere else in the summer.

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