Nottingham Forest are set to let Gustavo Scarpa head to Olympiacos with the deal now thought to be close. This move has been in the offing for a while, despite the Brazilian reiterating that he wouldn’t move.
According to Greek outfit Sportime, Olympiacos will now sign Scarpa from Forest. It’s unclear at this stage whether the deal will be on loan or permanent.
It’s been a frustrating period for the 29-year-old player. He signed for the club in January and initially seemed to settle but a couple of injury issues set him back somewhat.
Back in January shortly after he’d arrived, Scarpa won some praise from Ian Wright. He called him ‘brilliant’ after he’d starred during a 2-0 victory over Leicester City.
Scarpa didn’t register a single goal contribution during his time with the club. It would appear that Steve Cooper is now ready to offload him as he looks to reshuffle his City Ground squad.
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It’s perhaps quite surprising that Forest are looking to offload Scarpa. Not because he’s showcased genuine quality but more because he is very much a player who could provide an option from the bench.
Scarpa set for Olympiacos move from Forest
Cooper will be desperate to get some new players into his squad before the transfer window closes. He needs reinforcements but it would seem first as though he’s got to move players on.
Scarpa needs games and it looks highly unlikely that he will get them too frequently at Forest. As a result, a move to Greece to play for Olympiacos looks like a wise move.
The Reds deciding to move Scarpa on does come as a bit of a shock. Forest aren’t blessed with loads of options in the final third and perhaps that’s something the club will be addressing.
Forest will monitor Scarpa with intent. It will be very interesting to see how he performs in Greece and whether or not the move will be on loan or as a permanent deal.