Nottingham Forest are one of the clubs considering a move to sign Jhegson Mendez this summer. The player is the subject of interest from several clubs in Europe and he could make the move.

Mendez played for Ecuador at the World Cup as they lost out in the group stages of the competition. He played in his nation’s first two fixtures but missed the final game after picking up two yellow cards.

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According to South American football journalist Joaquin Saavedra, the player is now on the radar of Forest. The Reds are keen to ramp up their transfer business this summer and a defensive midfielder is definitely on the radar.

Forest-linked Mendez is currently playing for Brazilian outfit Sao Paulo. He signed for them from MLS outfit Orlando City and he’s enjoyed quite a colourful career path, despite only being 26-years-old.

Forest have also been linked with a move for Ibrahim Sangare this summer. He seems like the number one to fill the defensive midfield void but Mendez looks like providing another option for the Reds.

Mendez had made 36 appearances for his country. He would arrive as a bit of an unknown quantity but given that he’s come through the reputable Independiente academy he shouldn’t be discounted.

Forest now linked with Jhegson Mendez

It does seem interesting that Forest are keen to sign Mendez this summer and shows where the recruitment team are keen to strengthen.

Several defensive midfielders are starting to get linked with a move to the City Ground this summer. With Cheikhou Kouyate linked with a move to Saudi Arabia and Remo Freuler thought to be surplus, it’s no surprise.

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Steve Cooper will want to make sure his squad is well-stocked ahead of next season. Several players will need to leave but adding a defensive midfielder like Mendez could be ideal for Forest.

Rumour rating: 5/10 – We can’t really give any higher on the basis that we’ve not seen much of him.

As with any player who comes from South America, there will be a settling-in period. How he copes and adapts at the City Ground could make or break this potential deal.