Nottingham Forest are in the race to sign Cadiz winger Ivan Alejo, according to Spanish outlet Lavoz Digital. Turkish giants Galatasaray are also in the mix for his signature prior to the season getting underway.

The Reds are trying to strengthen their ranks ahead of the big kick-off. So far, Taiwo Awoniyi is the only confirmed signing, although Dean Henderson isn’t expected to be far behind when he returns from his honeymoon later this week.

Forest in Alejo race
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It is claimed in the article that Alejo will be allowed to leave this summer. Furthermore, he could cost as little as £3.7 million given that Cadiz have a requirement to sell some of their players during the transfer window.

During 2021/22, Alejo wasn’t deemed a first-team regular. He managed 24 outings, scoring twice and claiming four assists as Cadiz survived relegation by the skin of their teeth.

The 27-year-old has been capped nine times by the Spain under-19 team. He’s also spent time with Alcoron, Eibar, Malaga and Getafe during his career in his native country.

Alejo is a fiery character that gives his all. Sometimes he oversteps the mark and last season he collected seven yellow cards, despite starting just 11 league games for Cadiz.

Forest are in the race to sign Alejo but it seems a weird one

This doesn’t seem overly likely. At 27, he doesn’t really suit the criteria of a Dane Murphy signing and better players will likely be sought.

Alejo will be a cheap option but he’s likely to be some way down the list. He didn’t play much football last season and it’s hardly a signing that will excite.

One thing that could be ideal with Alejo is his versatility. The Reds boss Steve Cooper does like his players to be flexible in a number of positions and that at least could prove ideal.

Forest in Alejo race
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Rumour rating: 2/10 – there isn’t really much to see here and this could be an idle rumour.

The Reds are seemingly in the market for every player going right now and this could be an overseas outlet combining two and two to get six.

Alejo will be a bargain basement addition but whether he’s got the required quality for the Premier League remains to be seen.

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