Nottingham Forest are set to miss out on Spezia midfielder Giulio Maggiore. According to Tuttosport, the player is one step away from making a transfer to Torino.
The Reds are desperately trying to add to their midfield ranks. The Serie A captain was touted with a move to Forest, with Brentford also providing competition from the Premier League.
An opportunity to stay in Italy has proved too much of a temptation, however. He now looks set to swap Spezia for Torino in the coming days, with a £5 million deal close.
Maggiore is expected to increase his wage considerably at his new club. Torino finished in 10th place during 2021/22 and they will want to push towards European football this season.
The 24-year-old seemed like a pretty decent link. He is a product of the Spezia youth academy and was the club captain during 2021/22.
Maggiore typically plays as a central midfielder. He did, however, feature 10 times as a number 10 during last season and he does possess some versatility.
Now, the ship looks to have sailed for Forest – and Brentford. Both clubs will be forced to look elsewhere and the Reds will hope for an influx of new additions.
The Reds have Ryan Yates and Jack Colback in their midfield ranks. Cafu, Braian Ojeda and Tyrese Fornah are contracted next season but all three could leave in permanent or loan deals.
Forest set to miss out on Maggiore and they need a midfielder soon
The Reds are in urgent need of midfielders. Pre-season starts later this week and there is a real requirement for some Premier League quality to be added to the squad.
Maggiore might not have been a bad option for Forest. He is young, can still improve and does have plenty of senior football under his belt.
Perhaps, given that he’s going to Torino, the player’s intentions were clear. It’s likely that he held a desire to remain in Italy and perhaps Forest were powerless in their quest to sign him.
The Reds will likely monitor his progress next season with intrigue. For now, however, they will move onto the next midfield target.