Xande Silva is set to leave Nottingham Forest and sign for Ligue 2 outfit Dijon, according to Get French Football News. The club are also keen to sign former Reds loanee Pele ahead of the new season.

Silva has been a pretty underwhelming signing. He checked in during the summer of 2021 from West Ham, costing the club just £200,000 as an alternative to Josh Maja who saw a Forest transfer collapse.

The 25-year-old made eight appearances during 2021/22. He was often included in Steve Cooper’s squad but failed to hold down a regular place in the team at any point.

Silva set to leave Forest
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Silva clearly won’t be required in the Premier League. He isn’t of the required quality and with Forest only able to register a 25-man squad his prospects look bleak on Trentside.

Now, Silva could be set to hook himself up ahead of next season. The player seems likely to leave on a permanent basis and his short time at Forest looks to be over.

The former Hammers youngster will go down as a promotion winner. He was in the squad during the Championship play-off final but remained as an unused substitute throughout.

Dijon finished in mid-table last season. Next term they will hope for a promotion push and have clearly identified Silva and Pele as the men to help them progress.

Portuguese performer Pele spent a short period on loan at Forest during 2019. He made nine appearances for the club and a permanent deal wasn’t forthcoming afterwards.

Silva set to leave Forest and it’s for the best

It’s no secret that Cooper will look to shake up his squad ahead of next season. The Reds will want a streamlined squad next season and there won’t be a place for passengers.

With just 25 men able to form a Premier League squad, Forest need to make sure every player can make an impact. Silva has never shown enough quality to warrant a Premier League chance and it’s best for everyone that he moves on.

Silva set to leave Forest
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Silva and Pele could both prove decent additions for Dijon. They’re a club that prides themselves on nurturing young players but perhaps the duo will bring some much-needed experience.

The winger won’t live too long in the memory of Forest supporters. He will leave without scoring a single goal and he will move in search of the game time he will be craving.

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