A report from ABC de Sevilla has claimed that Nottingham Forest opted to sign Orel Mangala instead of William Carvalho – but that doesn’t make much sense.

The Reds completed a deal for the Belgian over the weekend. He joined the club for £13 million from Stuttgart where he spent three years.

George Syrianos knows the youngster well having plucked him from Hamburg in 2019 whilst working for the Bundesliga outfit.

Now, he’s brought him to Forest. Mangala has begun training with his new teammates and he will want to play against Newcastle on Saturday.

Forest sign Mangala
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The 24-year-old is viewed as a progressive box-to-box player. If anything, Forest have signed him as the man to replace James Garner from last season’s team.

ABC de Sevilla claims, however, that the Reds have signed the midfielder over Carvalho who they were linked with last week.

The 73-cap Portugal enforcer is likely to leave Real Betis this summer, with Forest and Lyon thought to be vying for his signature.

As a result, Betis might be in for a bit of a shock if they believe that Forest have ended their interest in Carvalho on the back of the Mangala signing.

A combative force in midfield will be on Steve Cooper’s radar. He is somewhat short of options in midfield still and the club’s business is far from over.

Forest signing Mangala but they could still move for Carvalho

It does seem unlikely that the Reds will add any more players to their ranks prior to Saturday’s game against Newcastle.

The recruitment team won’t be closing their laptops just yet though and more players will be added to the ranks before the window closes.

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A destructive midfield force is likely to be on the agenda; with the £82,000-a-week Carvalho likely to still be on the club’s radar before the month is out.

To say Mangala has joined instead of Carvalho makes zero sense whatsoever.

The two players are completely different and as a result, this latest report perhaps isn’t as accurate as it should be.

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