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Nottingham Forest’s decision not to pursue permanent Hildeberto Pereira deal vindicated

The former Nottingham Forest loanee has struggled to succeed with Northampton Town.

Mathew Coull

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Last season Nottingham Forest made plenty of interesting signings, especially on loan and free transfers as they remained under a transfer embargo for much of the campaign.

One player they brought in was Benfica full-back Hildeberto Pereira on loan. The exciting and swashbuckling option was certainly an interesting figure at the City Ground.

First of all, he was exceptionally talented. Pereira was a bustling figure. Strong and fast with an excellent dribbling ability, he had some excellent moments in a Forest shirt.

NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND – AUGUST 06: Hildeberto Pereira of Nottingham Forest during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Burton Albion at City Ground on August 6, 2016 in Nottingham, England. (Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images)

But despite his talent, Forest fans will remember the young Portuguese star for one aspect of his game, his innate ability to get sent off.

He amazed Forest fans when he inspired a comeback v Aston Villa, before seeing red for jumping into the crowd to celebrate whilst already on a booking. That was his first red card for the club, but not the last. He was sent off twice more – against Blackburn and QPR – before being reprimanded by the Championship side.

By the end of the season, Pereira was not in contention. The manager who had originally played him, Philippe Montanier, was gone and in his place was Mark Warburton. He did not use the Portugal talent nearly as regular and sent him back to his homeland before the crunch final game of last season.

Forest therefore did not pursue his permanent signature which, despite his discipline issues, disappointed some fans at the City Ground who had fallen in love with the talent.

Judging by the events of the past week, Forest made the right call

Pereira did exit Benfica in the summer. The 22-year-old signed a four-year deal at Polish giants Legia Warsaw. However, after struggling to settle in the Polish capital, he headed back to England in January, joining Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s Northampton Town.

This was his chance to prove himself in English football, his overall dream. It has not worked out.

NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – MARCH 20: Hildeberto Pereira of Northampton Town in action during the Sky Bet League One match between Northampton Town and Shrewsbury Town at Sixfields on March 20, 2018 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images)

This week he was sent back to Legia, with the Cobblers in the League One relegation zone. Hasselbaink is gone and the Portuguese has now returned to Poland.

He made minimal impact at Sixfields, starting just four games and, you guessed it, picking up one red card.

Nottingham Forest will no doubt take his troubles in the tier below as confirmation that they made the right call not pursuing his permanent acquisition.

Birmingham City

Garry Monk should reunite with Rob Green at Birmingham City

Birmingham City are set to let David Stockdale leave the club.

Mathew Coull

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Huddersfield Town have announced their retained list for the summer and veteran goalkeeper Rob Green will now be hunting for a new club. The Terriers have not renewed his one-year deal at the club and the 12-cap England international will now be hunting for a new club this summer.

Green joined Huddersfield on a free transfer after a shock release by West Yorkshire rivals Leeds United last summer, who decided to replace him with German goalie Felix Wiedwald. That proved to be a move which certainly backfired.

But he played second fiddle to Danish international goalie Jonas Lossl and is now on his way. He did not feature in a single game for the club, spending the entire season as a substitute at the John Smith’s Stadium.

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So where does he go next?

One potential option would be a return to working with Garry Monk, currently the manager at Birmingham City.

Green was the number one for Monk at Leeds in 2016-17. Had the manager remained at Elland Road, it is highly likely that Green would have done the same and played out this season as the Whites number one again.

But with Monk gone Green needed to find somewhere else to play his football and now the pair have a chance to reunite again.

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It also appears that Birmingham are going to be in need of a new goalkeeper. The Yorkshire Evening Post suggest this weekend that Monk wants to move on David Stockdale, with his hometown club and Monk’s former club Leeds keen.

If Stockdale is exiting, Birmingham need a safe pair of hands between the net. Despite his advancing years, Green proved at Leeds he still has plenty to give at the Championship level and with Monk needing a new ‘keeper he can rely on the 38-year-old would be a no-brainer for Birmingham City.

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Aitor Karanka should target reunion with Julien De Sart

The Belgian could be a great signing for Nottingham Forest.

Mathew Coull

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It seems as though Belgian midfielder Julien De Sart will be looking for a new club this summer. He finds himself in a state of limbo after a season on loan at Zulte Waregem from Middlesbrough.

Despite being a regular for the Essevee he will not be making a permanent move to the club. According to Het Laatste Nieuws, the club will not be prioritising his €700,000 (£612,000) permanent deal agreed with Middlesbrough.

The 23-year-old will now return to the Riverside, where it appears he has no long-term future.

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But should his former boss bring him to Nottingham Forest?

Aitor Karanka was the manager at Boro when De Sart was snapped up from Standard Liege back in 2016 and was considered one for the future on Teesside.

Now, the former Belgium under-21 international needs to find a new home and a reunion with Karanka at the City Ground could be a perfect move.

The central-midfielder would be a welcome addition for Forest, who need to strengthen across the park following another mediocre season.

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De Sart has impressed in the East Midlands before. He was finally showing what he could do during a loan spell with Derby County in 2017. Unfortunately, a change of manager saw him drop out of the side under Gary Rowett.

Forest, however, could offer him a second chance in the Championship and it would give Karanka a chance to properly work with a player he clearly rated just a couple of seasons ago.

He would be a cheap and known transfer option for the Nottingham Forest first-team squad. He would also arrive with a point to prove to his old boss Karanka and the manager at bitter rivals Derby, something Forest fans will certainly appreciate.

It would be an under-the-radar signing, but one which could act some genuine quality to the Forest midfield ahead of the new season.

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Newcastle United should take advantage of Matej Vydra’s low asking fee

The Czech international has scored 20 goals in the Championship this season.

Josh Kerr

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Newcastle United ensuring another season of Premier League football represents one of Rafael Benitez’ most impressive achievements in football to date.

The job done by the Spaniard is all the more admirable considering the Magpies striker options have been thin for large periods of the season, and the arrival of a goal-scorer is surely imminent for the Tyneside club.

According to The Telegraph, Derby County are likely to list their top-scorer Matej Vydra for sale after their failure to earn promotion to the Premier League.

This comes as massive news to a number of clubs in England’s top-flight, and Newcastle should be one of the front-runners queuing for the 26-year-old’s prolific services.

The Czech Republic international has been excellent this season firing 20 goals in 35 appearances for the Rams.

Reports suggest the club may be forced to sell their star striker in order to reduce the club’s £35 million wage bill ahead of next season.

The 26-year-old’s sale this summer will be Derby’s attempts to slash their budgets and form a strategy that is going to enable the club to push for promotion once again next season.

A fee of around £8 million could prove a major boost for Newcastle, considering the club’s financial restraints, and a 20-goal striker would surely be an improvement on Benitez’s current front-line options.

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Islam Slimani’s loan move from Leicester proved to be a disaster, and the arrival of Joselu was one of the most disappointing transfers of the season.

The club are in desperate need of a goalscorer, with Perez leading the club’s individual efforts, despite being a number 10 and not an out-and-out goalscorer.

Vydra also has rare Premier League experience with West Bromwich Albion, as well as Watford, and his graft in the Championship may mean he’s ready for a return back to the top-flight.

The former West Brom striker guarantees goals and if there is one thing Tyneside supporters have missed in recent years, it is a goal-scoring hero.

At a little over £8 million, he could still prove a real bargain and a relatively insignificant risk.

Benitez has been wanting to break the bank since his arrival in 2016 but may be tempted do a deal on the cheap for the highly-rated striker.

Newcastle will be looking to improve on their impressive 10th place finish next season and the firepower of a genuine goalscorer could see them surpass the highs of this campaign.

Vydra offers pace and is even an aerial threat at just 5ft 2, so it has to be a priority for Newcastle to capture one of the bargains of the season and bring Vydra to St James’ Park.

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