Eddie Howe was keen to sign Lodi in the summer of 2022. The manager was keen to try and add another left-back to his squad and the Atletico Madrid man was on the radar.
Now, the club could be back in the mix to try and sign Lodi. It’s thought that Forest will hold first refusal after his loan ends but if the club is relegated he definitely won’t be staying.
At 24-years-old, Lodi would be a very useful signing for the Reds. Since around November time, he’s really kicked on for Forest and fans have started to warm to him.
As part of the loan, Forest have agreed on an option to sign him permanently. The Reds can land him for £25 million and on current form, they’d love to make him one of their own.
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Newcastle could have an ace of their own up their sleeve, however. Lodi played with Kieran Trippier at Atletico Madrid and it’s thought that the pair have remained friendly.
Back in November, Brian Laws was desperately impressed with Lodi after a game against Tottenham. He called him ‘magic’ live on BBC Radio Nottingham after a stunning strike in the Carabao Cup.
Lodi on the radar of Newcastle
The Magpies will naturally provide an attractive proposition for most players. They have a new-found wealth and they could still qualify for the Champions League this season.
Lodi will want to ensure he’s playing at the highest level. He has adapted well to Premier League football and staying in this country will surely be something he will jump at.
Forest have a contingent of Brazilian players at the City Ground. Danilo, Gustavo Scarpa and Felipe are all contracted to be at the Reds next season and more South Americans could follow.
Lodi has grown as a footballer at Forest. He’s a proven title-winning player and the hope will be that the Reds can oust Newcastle to his signature if they stay in the Premier League.