Nottingham Forest outcast Nuno Da Costa is set to join Auxerre to end his two-and-a-half-year City Ground nightmare. According to L’Equipe, the striker will sign a two-year contract, with the Ligue 2 outfit holding an option for an additional year.
Da Costa was signed during the infamous transfer window of January 2020. Forest were within touching distance of the Championship automatic promotion places but signed Da Costa, Gaetan Bong and Adama Diakhaby.
The window was a disaster and none of the new arrivals failed to deliver. Interestingly, Da Costa departs on minus one goal for Forest; failing to score in 13 outings and notching an own goal against Stoke on the last day of 2019/20.
Last season, the 31-year-old joined Caen on loan. He did okay with the second-tier outfit, scoring 10 goals and claiming four assists from 26 appearances.
During 2020/21 he joined Royal Excel Mouscron in Belgium and didn’t really make the grade. There, he scored six goals in 27 appearances but scored just a single goal during the second half of the campaign.
Auxerre finished third in the second tier last season. Da Costa will join Jean-Marc Furlan’s team to try and help them stabilise as a top-flight club following last season’s brilliant promotion-winning season.
Forest forked out £1.8 million to sign Da Costa. It seems highly unlikely that the club have recouped anything like that from Auxerre.
Still, getting the striker off the wage books was important. Now, the club only have a few players to shift before the transfer window closes at the end of the month.
Da Costa set for Auxerre
Thankfully, Forest have moved on from transfers of this nature. The Reds have purchased well this summer but there will still be some work to do with outgoings.
Richie Laryea, Braian Ojeda and Joe Lolley are all available for either loan or transfer. Elsewhere, Harry Arter is likely training on his own somewhere around West Bridgford at the moment!
It never really worked out for Da Costa. There was never any question over his work rate, but ultimately he lacked the required qualities to thrive in England.
He will now get a crack at top-flight football with Auxerre. The fallen French giants have a proud history with younger players and perhaps his experience can help them along next season.