Nottingham Forest look to be edging closer to the signing of Gonzalo Montiel after he was spotted in a photo sporting a shirt with his new squad number on.

An image by FOX Argentina has showcased Montiel with his new Garibaldi strip. He’s been snapped performing his media duties and he looks happy to be here.

Forest Montiel
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Forest have done really well to get this deal over the line. Montiel is a World Cup winner and scored the winning penalty that secured the prize for Argentina last year.

The 26-year-old has a thing for scoring crucial penalties. He was also on hand to net the winning penalty as Sevilla won the Europa League during 2022/23 but now he appears to have signed Forest.

All that remains now is an official announcement. Rudy Galetti claimed earlier that the delay was down to the club preparing a special announcement video.

The Argentina international comes with a wealth of experience. He’s made 72 appearances for Sevilla and prior to signing for the La Liga outfit, he made 140 appearances for River Plate.

Now Montiel will be added to the Forest squad as a wing-back option. Serge Aurier and Neco Williams are already in place on Trentside and it will be fascinating to see what happens.

Forest newcomer Montiel spotted with new squad number

Forest really are back. In the space of two summers, they’ve gone from the bottom of the Championship to competing for the signature of a World Cup winner.

Montiel looks to be a done deal. Hopefully, there can be an announcement of sorts from the club today, with some fans getting itchy feet over the formalities being concluded.

Forest Montiel
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Now, the player has been snapped with the shirt in front of the club media boards, it feels real. It’s also worth noting that the player will wear the number 29 shirt at Forest.

He won’t have much to live up to with that squad number. Nuno Da Costa was the last person to wear it, with Yohan Benalouane, Chris O’Grady and Jon Olav-Hjelde also wearing the shirt.

This looks like a very useful signing indeed for Forest. With Manchester United up next on Saturday, hopefully, Montiel can be in the squad for that trip.

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