Ouest-France have claimed that Nottingham Forest don’t feel as though they can count on Nuno Da Costa. In truth, that might just go down as the understatement of the century!
The Cape Verde international has proved a pretty awful signing by Forest. He signed in January 2020 and has failed to score in 14 appearances for the Reds.
Da Costa could actually leave with a minus for goals scored. The only time that he’s found the net came on the ill-fated final day of 2019/20 when he scored an own goal against Stoke.
Last season, the 31-year-old spent time on loan at Caen. They would dearly love to sign him on a permanent basis but there are complications stopping the deal go through.
It’s claimed that Da Costa doesn’t know where he stands and will return to pre-season training with Forest. It seems crystal clear from the outside, however, that Steve Cooper won’t be calling on the striker.
Taiwo Awoniyi has arrived from Union Berlin for £17 million and will likely be the primary striker. Sam Surridge is also at the club, whilst Forest have also offered a new contract to Lewis Grabban.
Caen have now started looking at other options. It does seem clear, however, that if the price is right they could return for another attempt to try and sign Da Costa.
Forest can’t count on Da Costa and they must get rid
Whatever it takes, the Reds have to offload Da Costa. The player will have plenty of potentially interested parties in France but he can’t stay at Forest ahead of the new season.
Da Costa did okay during 2021/22. He scored 10 goals and claimed four assists from his 25 appearances for the Ligue 2 outfit.
The striker can also operate out wide but he does play most of his football as a centre-forward. Forest aren’t particularly short, especially if Grabban stays, and a place won’t be forthcoming.
Now that the Reds are a Premier League club, a bomb squad can’t begin to assemble again. As a result, Forest must find a compromise with Da Costa and do whatever it takes to get him off the books.