Nottingham Forest agree to sign 17-year-old goalkeeper - long-term Darlow replacement?

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Nottingham Forest have reportedly tied up a deal to land Halmstads goalkeeper Tim Erlandsson on loan with a view to buy the Swede next summer.

It's been a fantastic start to the season for new Nottingham Forest boss Stuart Pearce, as the ex-England international returns to the City Ground in a bid to take his former club back to the Premier League. Whilst they have played just six games so far, it couldn't really have gone much better after four wins and two draws, with new £5.5m signing Britt Assombalonga continuing his goalscoring form from his Peterborough United days.

Assombalonga was bought after Forest agreed a deal to sell goalkeeper Karl Darlow and centre back Jamaal Lascelles to Newcastle United for a reported £7m, but both players will spend this season on loan at Forest before moving up to St. James' Park next summer.

23-year-old Darlow has been with Forest ever since he was 16 having been released by Aston Villa, and his sale was met with concern from Forest fans. Backup Dorus De Vries may well take over in goal next season when Darlow moves to Newcastle, but it seems that the club may have found a long-term replacement after Swedish side Halmstads confirmed that their stopper Tim Erlandsson will spend the season on loan at the City Ground, with Forest having the option to purchase the 17-year-old next summer.

"He will get a good education in England. Then, they have got a buy-out option," said Halmstads director Fredrik Andersson.

Erlandsson will surely play little part this season and possibly beyond, but if he shows the necessary development, he could grow to be the long-term successor to Darlow - or at least Forest hope that's the case, rather than splashing out for another goalkeeper.

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