Nottingham Forest midfielder Claudio Yacob is attracting interest from Olympiacos over a summer move, according to the Nottingham Post.
The holding player was brought to the City Ground by Aitor Karanka last summer but Forest’s vast options mean he has slipped from view in recent weeks.
But that has reportedly not put the Greek side, who competed in this season’s Europa League off a swoop, leaving Martin O’Neill with a decision to make over Yacob’s future during the summer.
The former Republic of Ireland manager said of Yacob: “I have a lot of time for him. I have a lot of time for him as a person and as a footballer.”
“And he reminded me the other day that he is not as old as I thought he was! He is a terrific lad and a superb influence around the place as well. He is always very positive.”
And while Yacob’s influence on Forest off the pitch is a good sign, on the pitch, he is the kind of aging, fairly limited player that they will need to move away from ideally.
O’Neill is always going to find time for honest pros who have been around the block, but there has to be enough space for young blood like Ryan Yates to find its head – such players are the future of the club after all.
And if Olympiacos are willing to take a player from Forest’s bloated squad, O’Neill would be wise to listen.