Nottingham Forest and Olympiacos will do battle for Canadian superstar Cyle Larin during the summer transfer window, according to reports in Turkey.
The striker has today deleted anything to do with Besiktas from his Instagram account and a summer departure looks to be on the cards.
Olympiacos perhaps hold the aces right now. Forest will likely target a more proven centre forward this summer, with Larin a likely contingency option.
The 27-year-old is now a free agent. He chose not to extend his deal with the Istanbul-based side and is now anticipating his next move.
During 2021/22 he found the net eight times with Besiktas finishing the campaign in a disappointing sixth place.
Larin does perhaps look more suited to Olympiacos. At 27 he’s never sampled the Premier League and that might prove a step too far.
It’s been a rollercoaster few months for the talisman. He fired the goal that ensured a place at the World Cup for Canada at the end of March.
He will be desperate to find a club pretty quickly as he aims to make an impact at the tournament which takes place in Qatar at the end of the year.
Larin is quick, brings other players into play and ultimately he’s capable of finding the back of the net himself.
His record on the international stage is really good. In 50 outings for Canada, he’s scored 24 goals and is a teammate of Forest defender Richie Laryuea.
Forest battle for Larin but he doesn’t tick enough boxes
If Forest are to maintain their momentum and survive in the Premier League, it’s obvious they will need to sign someone to score plenty of goals.
The Reds do have Sam Surridge in the ranks; whilst Lewis Grabban has also been offered a contract extension at the City Ground.
Dane Murphy and Steve Cooper will both fancy signing young players but Larin doesn’t really put a tick in that box.
Larin wouldn’t cost Forest anything but it looks likely that he’d only be considered as a backup option if he came to Trentside.
Signing a striker who is proven in the Premier League looks like a must for Forest. As a result, they would perhaps be wise to avoid the signing of Larin this summer.