Nicholas Ioannou wants to stay at Nottingham Forest, according to Cypriot outlet Kerkida.

The left-back signed for the Reds in 2020 but has made just five first-team appearances.

He spent the second half of the 2020/21 campaign on loan with Aris and last season in Italy with Como.

Now, following promotion to the Premier League, Ioannou is keen for a piece of the top-flight action.

Forest added the 26-year-old from APOEL Nicosia when Sabri Lamouchi was in charge of the club.

Ioannou wants Forest stay
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His time at the City Ground hasn’t gone great and following a red card at Luton in November 2020, Chris Hughton chose not to use him.

He was loaned out in January of that year and made 10 appearances for Aris in Greece.

Ioannou returned last summer and was still deemed surplus to requirements on Trentside.

As a result, he was quickly shipped back out, this time to the second division in Italy.

Last season he made 31 appearances for Como, scoring one goal and claiming two assists for the Serie B outfit.

Now, he will return to the City Ground for pre-season and the timing could be in his favour.

Forest are yet to sign a left-back and that leaves the squad without a natural fit for the position.

With that in mind, Steve Cooper has the perfect opportunity to run the rule over the player during pre-season.

The report claims that Ioannou is keen to impress and wants to try and earn a reprieve at Forest.

Ioannou wants Forest stay but he’s got no chance

Times have changed at Forest and it’s fair to say that Ioannou will not be featuring under Cooper.

The player will naturally join in with pre-season but it’s only a matter of time before players start arriving.

Ioannou just doesn’t really match the style that Forest are trying to play these days.

Ioannou wants Forest stay
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He is deemed as more of a full-back, whereas Cooper likes the Reds to operate with wing-backs.

Those players require certain attributes and for starters, Ioannou isn’t really quick enough to play such a role.

Forest have moved on and with new signings expected, Ioannou is likely to be left disappointed in his first-team quest.

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