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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 Nash

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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.

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What role can Daryl Murphy play at Nottingham Forest next season?

The Nottingham Forest striker faces an interesting year at the City Ground.

Mathew Nash

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When Nottingham Forest snapped up Daryl Murphy last summer it looked like a coup for the club. Signed for a fee in the region of £2 million from Newcastle United fans were excited about the Republic of Ireland star’s arrival.

They had good reason to be excited. Murphy had just played a role in Newcastle United’s promotion to the Premier League. He had been scoring goals for fun at Ipswich Town. Murphy netted 27 goals in 2014-15 and in the previous three seasons had scored a total of 50 goals.

But last season was a struggle for the Irishman. Injury hampered his debut season at Forest. Despite scoring six goals in his first 11 games for the club, it soon turned sour.

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He scored just once more in 20 more games for Forest and featured just six times in 2018.


“It was a tough season last season for Daryl. So far he has been training really, really well and he looks confident; he looks strong – although he has always been strong.

“I was really pleased, because he is doing really well and he is a player who can help us a lot.”

– Aitor Karanka speaking in July


So does he have a future at the club?

Forest have improved their attacking options immensely this summer. The arrival of El Arbi Hillel Soudani and Lewis Grabban has added massive firepower up top. With youngster Ben Brereton also fighting for a first-team spot with Joe Lolley capable of playing up top, Murphy has a job on his hands.

At 35-years-old he may find himself happy with a bit-part impact role at the City Ground. He may have to because it does not seem he will be a starter next season.

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Wolves’ incoming recruit Joao Moutinho was once targeted as Luka Modric replacement

Wolves are set to sign the Portugal star for just £5 million.

Mathew Nash

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In many ways, Wolverhampton Wanderers’ impending deal to sign Joao Moutinho from Monaco is no surprise. The Portuguese international is a client of Jorge Mendes who has helped bring many stars to Molineux in recent months.

On the other hand, it is a massive shock. Moutinho only signed a new deal with Monaco at the end of March. Then there is the price-tag. According to Sky Sports, the deal is worth £5 million between the two clubs.

Moutinho has, in the past, been valued considerably higher.

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When Tottenham Hotspur agreed on a deal to sign him in 2012 the fee was £24 million. In the end, he decided he did not want to leave Porto that summer leaving Tottenham without a Luka Modric replacement.  

He ended up joining Monaco a year later for a similar fee and over the years has been heralded as one of European football’s more understated midfield dynamos.

Considering Everton are about to pay ten times as much to bring in Richarlison from Watford, it highlights how good a deal this is for Wolves.

Moutinho succeeds nearly everywhere he plays, even on an international level where he won Euro 2016 with his nation. But even if he doesn’t at Wolves, the price-tag is so low it was worth the risk.

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Leeds United round-up: Saiz wanted, Vydra and Hernandez deals rumble on, Machuca unveiled

All the latest news and gossip from Leeds United.

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Saiz-able offer

Leeds United are fending off admirers in Spanish talent Samuel Saiz. According to Fichajes, he was wanted by three La Liga clubs this summer. The talented playmaker has courted the interest of former club Huesca, Getafe and Valencia.

The latter are said to have made a bid of £8.9 million for his services, whilst Getafe have also made Leeds an offer.

However, the report claims that Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa has absolutely no desire to sell the 27-year-old, who he sees as key to Leeds’ hopes this season.

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Demands must change

Leeds have not yet given up on signing either Matej Vydra or Abel Hernandez this summer, according to YEP journalist Phil Hay.

Leeds offered a contract to free agent Hernandez and had a £11 million bid accepted for Czech talent Vydra.

However, both could not agree on personal terms with Leeds as finances proved a major stumbling block.

Hay claims that no deal will go through unless either player drops their demands.

Machuca unveiled

Alejandro Machuca has been unveiled by his new club, after leaving Leeds on loan. The under-23 star has joined Burgos of Spain’s third-tier for the upcoming season.

The attacker was signed last July from Rayo Vallecano and played a prominent role in Carlos Corberan’s team last season.

He will now hope for regular football back in Spain.

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