Everton are set to beat Nottingham Forest to the signing of Sporting Lisbon star Ruben Vinagre, according to Record.

The Reds were hoping to sign the Portuguese performer on a season-long loan but Frank Lampard looks to have won the race.

It’s about time Everton finally pipped Forest to a signing. Earlier this summer, the Toffees watched on as Moussa Niakhate signed for the Reds, despite interest from Merseyside.

Now, the Toffees look to have strengthened their squad. Vinagre will sign on loan for the season and the Premier League club will pay his wages his full.

The 23-year-old has some experience playing in the Premier League. He featured under Nuno Espirito Santo at Wolves and was called ‘special’ by their former boss.

Everton beat Forest to Vinagre
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Vinagre has only made his move to Sporting permanent this summer. They’ve paid Wolves around £8 million for his signature but will now loan him out.

During 2021/22, Vinagre made 18 appearances and was rarely considered the first choice in the team that finished second.

Now, he will head to Goodison Park in search of regular first-team football and his prospects look decent.

Everton do have Vitaliy Mykolenko in their squad but Vinagre looks capable of ousting him from the team.

Forest may choose to still add another left-sided wing-back before the transfer window closes.

Omar Richards will be out for a couple of months and that leaves Harry Toffolo as the only left-sided wing-back option.

Everton beat Forest to Vinagre

This isn’t really particularly detrimental news and Forest might have irons in the fire to get another permanent left-back over the line.

Vinagre would have only offered a short-term measure and clearly, the club fancies going in a different direction.

Forest have strengthened their squad considerably this summer but now they might take stock a little bit.

Everton beat Forest to Vinagre
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Vinagre does have Premier League experience, although he doesn’t have an extensive amount.

Given that he’s only just signed permanently for Sporting this season, perhaps Forest don’t believe there is any scope to sign him at the end of his loan.

The Reds won’t be done in the transfer market but Vinagre will soon be one to scrub off the list.

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