Reports from Greece today are suggesting that Nottingham Forest could allow Apostolos Vellios to leave the club in the summer. It is being reported by Sport 24 that the 26-year-old striker is set to join Greek giants Olympiakos. The Piraeus-based side has had a torrid campaign and their chairman Evangelos Marinakis, who is also Forest’s owner, is looking to build a mainly Greek side to repair the damage next term.
With that in mind, he has highlighted a move for Vellios as a potentially crucial piece of business for his Greek side.
Vellios arrived at Forest from Iraklis in 2016, for a fee of £1 million according to BT Sport, after thriving back in his homeland. The former Everton talent has not however been able to be a potent force for Forest.
The Greek international scored just six times in 31 appearances last season. This term he has just the one in only 10 games. He has come back into the first-team under Aitor Karanka, after becoming a forgotten man when Mark Warburton was in charge but has had little impact in an attacking sense.
In the last eight games he has played for the Tricky Trees, the team have failed to score.
Against Brentford this week, it was the final straw for many Forest fans.
Vellios came on late in the game and had next to no impact and Forest fans are fed up of having a striker in their midst who does not seem to have a goal in him.
This summer Karanka needs to make some big changes at Forest if they are to mount any sort of promotion fight and one of the key areas for improvement will be in the goalscorers.
Forest simply cannot buy a goal at present and with youngster Ben Brereton still learning and Darryl Murphy out-of-sorts Vellios is not the only culprit.
But if Marinakis wants Greek players at Olympiakos then it certainly makes sense for Vellios to be on his way. Not many fans at the City Ground will be too sad to see him go.