A report has claimed that Nottingham Forest agreed on a deal with Rennes in October not to play Loic Bade in an official match until January. The bizarre claim has been made by Le Telegramme, with the 22-year-old yet to make an appearance for the Reds since arriving.
Forest added Bade on a season-long loan deal back in August. He checked in on transfer deadline day and it was anticipated that he would bring some much-needed pace to the defensive unit.
His move to Nottingham has been a disaster though. For whatever reason, he’s failed to impress Steve Cooper and he’s only actually appeared in a matchday squad once since he arrived at the City Ground.
It’s somewhat disappointing he’s not been given a look-in. He did play for the second half during Friday’s mid-season friendly match against Stoke City but it looks like he could be on his way.
Rennes look almost certain to recall their defender when the window reopens. That will open up a space in the squad for Forest and it looks like there will be no objections to the defender leaving.
Forest have a number of options to choose from at centre-back. Not only that but it would seem, as per reports, that the club have earmarked a new central defender as a possible area to look at in the transfer market.
Forest agreed deal not to play Bade and it looks like a bizarre one
Clearly, Rennes want to offload the defender. With that in mind, perhaps they made this deal with Forest so that they can ensure the player returns to France in good health, ready to move to another club.
Bade will go down as one of the strangest signings in recent memory – and there have been a few! Furthermore, it reiterates that Forest haven’t quite got everything spot on with their recruitment just yet.
Forest would welcome a new defender during the January transfer window. It would appear that Bade won’t be getting the chance to stamp his authority on the team as he prepares for a return to France.